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the everydays 

2 Table of Contents 


102 Science & 

106 Honors 

hi ghlights 

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SGA Officers 

Mr & Miss USM 

Hall of Fame 

Who's Who 
286 Outstanding Freshmen 

320 Fallen Eagles 
328 Yearbook Staff 


Letter from the Editor 

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We may walk over the same carpet 
and pass the same panes of glass 
every day, but The Everydays are 
not just about what's the same. The 
Everydays are about what's different: 
different salad dressings, different 
shoes. We walk on unchanging tiles 
and we change, every single day. We 
are taller, wilder, softer, wiser; We are 
the times we've run and the times 
we've walked and the times we've 
just sat around in deep armchairs. 
We're everything we've learned in 
our classes and all the connections 
we make with one another. Our 
Everydays are the little, quiet pauses 
on the second floor of the Thad 
Cochran Center, the not-so-special 
special memories now in progress. 

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The rainy days. The dominate-the-test days. The five-meeting days. The mediocre days. 
The wear-your-pajamas-to-class days. The show-up-to-a-test-with-no-scantron days. The 
four-shots-of-espresso days. The need-a-hug days. The game days. The buffalo-chicken- 
wrap days. The third-parking-ticket-of-the-week days. The exciting-new-relationship days. 
The muggy days. The sunny days. The four-hour-long-ritual days. The refund-check days. 
The printer-ran-out-of-ink days. The Office- comes-on-Thurs days. The good days. The 
honors-thesis days. The winning-basket days. The average days. The pin-attire 

days. The Founder's days. The bad-hair days. The election days. 

The wake-up-for-class-late days. The on-campus job days. The 

cramming-for-the-exam days. The fall-asleep-in-class days. 

The swap-dates days. The new days. The bid days. 

The ten-hour-study days. The move-out days. The 

sleep-in days. The break-up days. 

The jaded days. The homesick days. 

The exam days. The moody days. 

The pay days. The fun days. 

The better days. 

The best days. 

The pretty awful days. 

The hot days. The meh days. 

The favorite- song-playing-on- 

the-r a d i o days. The adventure days. 

The umbrella days. The campus-clinic days. 

The facebook-all days. The engagement day. 

The tender-moment days. The used-to-have-a-4.0 days. 

The proudest days. The yes!- mom-deposited-money days. 

The saddest days. The happy days. The terrible days. The sick 

days. The catfish-Fri days. The thank- goodness-I'm-not-still-living-at-home 

days. The skip-class days. The l-don't- really-care days. The proudest days. 

The get-up-and-do-it-again days. The struggle-to-stand-out days. The try-to-fit- 
in days. The suite-mate-hasn't-showered-in days. The hours-spent-on-YouTube days. 
The sneaking-into-the-stadium days. The six-dollar-library-fine days. The slow days. 
The ramen-noodle days. The sunrise days. The sunset days. The graduation days. 

1 . This student takes time to play pool in the Game Room. For less than a 
dollar per game, students can participate in friendly competition. 
Photo by Leah Bryan 

2. Some places on campus are made for socializing. This trio of Honors College 
students chat outside of Hattiesburg Hall after their afternoon classes. 

Photo by Stuart Lovinggood 

3. Classes can't fill up every day of a student's life. Zach Mansell, a junior 

Economics major plays guitar in his residence hall to entertain friends. 
Photo by Stuart Lovinggood 

4. Twice a year, a company sets up tables in the Union to sell posters for 

students hoping to spice up their rooms. 
Photo by Leah Bryan 

6. During the fall Senior Show, this multi-media sculpture incorporating different 
electronic elements stood as a monument of an Art major's hard work. 
Photo by Kayla Rutledge 

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8 Opening 

1. Even checking the mail each day can be exciting for some students. 
A myriad of papers stuffed in boxes — from home, from honors societies, 
and sometimes even refund checks — breaks up the everyday life of these 

Photo by Erin Wojtala 

2. Making time to both excercise and have fun, Anthony Dufour, a senior 
from Seminary, Mississippi, and friends play volleyball on the outside fields of 
the Payne Center. 

Photo by Abbey Abel 

3. Some ingredients never change: the Fresh Food Company serves up a 
variety of vegetables for students to add some spark and individuality to their 
favorite salads. Everything else in the FFC looking a little rough? Head to the 
salad bar. 

Photo by Leah Bryan 

4. Shane Hoes, a sophomore from Virginia Beach, Viriginia, and Kristen 
Creal, a Human Performance and Physical Health major from Mobile, walk 
hand-in-hand down the plaza outside of Forrest County Hall. 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 

5. While it typically stays open until midnight and there are two quiet floors, 
most students visit Cook Library for their favorite Starbucks drinks. There 
are tricks to getting through the line quickly - some students swear by going 
between class changes, and others simply try to avoid common meal times. 
Photo by Elizabeth Warshauer 

6. This student takes time to ponder on the main staircase in the Liberal Arts 
Building. While the staircase serves to keep traffic down on the elevators, it 
also makes great sitting grounds for students who just need a rest. 

Photo by Erin Wojtala 

7. A student in Hattiesburg Hall set up his ironing before running off to class. 
While Southern Miss offers free laundry facilities, students bring their own 
irons and ironing boards. 

Photo by Stuart Lovinggood 

8. This student flips through her reading in the lobby of the R.C. Cook Union. 
The university replaced the older furniture with these new pieces, which 
feature attached tables for laptops. 

Photo by Kimberly Adams 

9. Tiffany Gendron. a Sociology major from Gulfport. Mississippi, finishes 
up homework next to some windows in the Liberal Arts Building. The table 
she's sitting at is featured on our College of Arts and Letters spread, pages 
78 through 79. 

Photo by Leah Bryan 

10. Taking advantage of the trees on campus, this student reads next to the 
Payne Center track. By March, the weather warms up enough so students 
can take advantage of peaceful outside areas. 

Photo by Jennifer Sansing 

Opening 9 

Step on 

campus. Smell the 

air, there's a hint of 

gold: everywhere, everyday. 

Measure out your time: the 

hours, the minutes, and the 

seconds. You'll never do it all. You'll 

stay up all night with friends, talking. 

You'll procrastinate that project to the 

very last minute. You'll eat too much 

and occasionally skip a meal. You'll play 

football with those friends, but you'll miss 

Frisbee with the other ones. You'll choose. 

That's good, that's important: relax. 

Breathe. Are you breathing? A hint of gold. 

Do you feel it yet? It's there. Student Life 

is all about you. You are 16,000 strong. 

Open the fortune cookie. Spend your 

last Bonus Buck at Seymour's. You'll go 

to Homecoming. You'll dip your hand in 

the Fountain. You'll have at least one 

memory in the District. You'll sit down 

on the grass. You'll order Starbucks 

while it's raining. You'll get mail: 

expected, unexpected. You'll 

eat, sleep, breathe — gold. A 

Southern Miss student — 

living a Student Life. 

Photo by Leah Bryan 

Photo by Leah Bryan 

10 Student Life I Intro 

Photo by Christy Dyess 




12 Student Life I GEWW 

Members of Southern Style perform at the openinc 
session of Golden Eagle Welcome Week. The 
dance featured a montage of popular songs and a 
vintage Seymour. 
Photo by Brettany Payne 

"Southern Miss — To 
the Top!" is all that can 
be heard as the eager 
freshmen crowd Bennett 
Auditorium. Swelling with 
anticipation, hundreds 
of newcomers are united 
in knowing that if this 
atmosphere is any 
indication, it will be an 
exciting year. 

Golden Eagle 
Welcome Week. 

Golden Eagle Welcome Week 1 3 

A participant painting 

the Eagle Walk gets 

down and dirty on the 

pavement. Teams are 

given lengths of pavement 

ten yards long to cover 

with Southern Miss gold 

paint as fast as they can. 

Photo by Christy Dyess 

t starts slowly, quietly: freshmen move 
into their new homes and wander, 
wondering. For them, the university is 
overwhelmingly large and new, so most 
busy themselves with the details: they 
get their IDs, their parking permits. 
They activate their wireless internet and buy 
their books. They try their best to prepare for 
the next big step, leading them directly to the 
explosively fun and educational Golden Eagle 
Welcome Week. 

Established originally to introduce students 
to the traditions and practices of Southern 
Miss, GEWW also allows older students to 
relive their first "glory days" of their college 
experience. Kathy Minor, a junior Elementary 
Education major from Gulf Breeze, Florida is 
a second year GEWW leader and darn proud 
of it. "It's so important for the university," she 
says. "It's like Dr. Paul says 'Leave Southern 
Miss better than you found it.'" 

At 5:30 on the Sunday afternoon of GEWW, 
the participants crowd into Roberts Stadium. 
They circle up and watch as the cheerleaders 
instruct them in Southern Miss cheers, until 
head coach Larry Fedora emerges with a 
simple challenge for the newest Golden 

"There is no reason why this can't be the 
loudest, most intimidating stadium in the 
whole conference," Fedora says. On the field, 
there's a tangible sense of pride, growing like 
fire. "And it will be because of y'all." 


Putting the students' creativity to work later 
that afternoon, each group receives two 
sets of goggles, boots, paint rollers, and a 
bucket full of blazing gold paint. The task is 
simple, the same as always: use ONLY these 
materials and their bodies to fully cover their 
piece of the Eagle Walk without tipping over 
their bucket. It begins systematically, carefully, 
and then the system transforms into a chaotic 
dash to finish, with the end result being a few 
hundred bodies roaming campus wearing 
gold paint like a fashion statement. 

A determined competitor in the 
Eagle Walk finds a creative 
way to get the yellow paint 
out of the bucket and onto 
the pavement. The rules 
of the Eagle Walk prohibit 
competitors from pouring paint 
directly out of the bucket. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

14 Student Life I GEWW 

Chris Arguedas, a junior 
Speech Communication 
major from Madison, leads 
his GEWW group into the 
Rock. Running through 
the Southern Miss football 
helmet is one of the more 
unforgettable moments during 
GEWW; for many it is their 
only chance to storm the 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

For many, move-in day is 
their first experience as 
students at Southern Miss. 

especially sweaty; here a 
new student prepares to 
move her belongings from 
the freshman quad parking 
lot up to her residence hall. 
Photo by Christy Dyess 

New head football coach 
Larry Fedora addresses 
the incoming students in 
The Rock. He challenged 
the students to support the 
football team wholeheartedly 
for their entire stay at 
Southern Miss and beyond. 
Even with the threatening 
rain, the crowd ignited with 
spirit and fervor for the 
upcoming season. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Steven Schwalb, a freshman 
from New Orleans, showers 
off after painting the Eagle 
Walk. Schwalb noted, "It felt 
great to be a part of such a 
great tradition as painting 
the Eagle Walk here at 
Southern Miss." Students 
with lengthy locks had the 
traditional misfortune of 
having paint stuck in their 
hair for days following the 
painting of the Eagle Walk. 
Photo by Brettany Payne 

New students feast outside 
the Hub during the Picnic with 
the President, a chance for 
students to have a wonderful 
outdoor meal and meet with 
University President 
Dr. Martha Saunders. 
Photo by Christy Dyess 

Golden Eagle Welcome Week 1 5 

"I was hesitant at first, but once you get in the 
mood, you lose your inhibitions and just slide!" 
said freshman Kris Thornton with a chuckle, 
a coast native from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 
majoring in Audiology. 

"I'm still trying to clean the bits of gold paint off 
my skin," said Katie Methe, a freshman Athletic 
Training major from New Orleans. The painters 
received a little help getting the paint off their 
bodies as a torrential rainfall marked the end of 
the painting of the Eagle Walk. 

Because of the rain, the participants' first "Friday 
Night at the Fountain" is spent neither at the 
Fountain nor on a Friday. A night later, they enjoy 
the magical stylings of Justin Kredible, a growing 
tradition in his own right making his second annual 
appearance at GEWW. Eagles After Hours, the 
week's last great hurrah, brings game shows and 
snow cones and henna tattoos; caricatures and 
moon bounces. During the closing ceremony, 
Melissa Cirino, Student Government Association 
President, starts rapping. Cirino wishes the 
new students well, in the tradition of every SGA 
president, though hers is the first attempt at a 
speech with a whole lot of rhythm and rhyme. 

As classes begin, a sense of reflection falls over 
Katherine Currie, a freshman Political Science 
major from Bay St. Louis. "I'm going to love it here at 
Southern Miss," she says, nodding. "I love walking 
to class and seeing someone I know. GEWW 
helped me meet so many amazing people." 

At first glance, it all ends much like it started: 
students once again traversing campus, finding 
their classes and locking themselves into some 
sort of routine. But underneath the surface, the 
campus buzzes with excitement. And, yes, if the 
spirit of GEWW week is any indicator, it will be a 
very, very exciting year. 

Story by John Barr, Divah Griffin, and Marie John 
Edited by Elliott Freeman 

Student Government Association president Melissa 
Cirino, a senior Speech Communication and Sociology 
major from Hattiesburg, raps to the new students about 
life at Southern Miss. Her memorable performance was 
accompanied by beats provided by Southern Style 2008. 
Photo by Christy Dyess 

Background: Students respond to a question from 
illusionist Justin Kredible, who often involves students in 
his act. Justin returned to GEWW for his second year in a 
row and was once again a favorite for the new students. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

16 Student Life I GEWW 

Illusionist Justin Kredible 
demonstrates the proper 
way to levitate a table 
during his performance 
at GEWW. Justin's 
performance included 
numerous volunteers from 
the audience, culminating in 
a volunteer firing a paintball, 
which Justin promptly 
caught in his mouth. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 


SIDEN 1 1 

Quincy Gardner, a freshman from Mendenhall. Mississippi, 
jovially offers an answer in the Think Fast game during 
the Eagle After Hours in the R.C. Cook Union. Eagles 
After Hours also included video games, caricatures, and 
an early chance for students to have their picture taken 
for the yearbook. 
Photo by Christy Dyess 

Southern Style 2008 member JR. Robinson, a junior 
Administration of Justice major from Bolton. Mississippi, 
carries the banner for the Office of the President into the 
GEWW Closing Ceremony. The ceremony, which began 
as a mock graduation, intended to aquaint students with 
the graduation traditions of Southern Miss. 
Photo by Christy Dyess 

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hattiesburg hall gets a facelift 

Freshmen West Harwell, 
Chris Palmer, and Matt 
Crochet loiter on the porch 
of Hattiesburg Hall. Students 
lounging on the side porch 
on East Memorial Drive is a 
common sight because of 
the hall's central location 
on campus. 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 

"I was in suite 307 of Hattiesburg Hall last 
year," Chase DeVries says, looking up 
from his laptop. The senior Accounting 
major from Wiggins, Mississippi has been 
sending Facebook chat messages for the 
last few minutes, sitting at the desk in his 
newly-renovated dorm room. "Residence 
Life remodeled the room across from mine, 
and I was so impressed with the changes 
that I decided to stay in Hattiesburg Hall 
this year." 

Indeed, Hattiesburg Hall has seen many 
changes this year. One of the oldest 
buildings on campus, it has served as a 
popular residence hall for male Honors 
College students for years, though it had 
begun to show its age. "The old rooms with 
those white tile floors were kind of lifeless," 
he says, shrugging. "That's why the 
renovations impressed me so much." With 
new hardwood floors, renovated closets 
and bathrooms, new paint on the walls and 
beautiful new furniture, Hattiesburg Hall is 
almost unrecognizable. 

A few rooms down from DeVries, 
sophomore Entrepreneurship major Zach 
Mansell from St. Louis, Missouri, stands on 
a rug in the middle of his bedroom. "I was 

considering McCarty," Mansell says, "or 
moving off campus. But when I decided to 
stay on campus, I realized the renovations 
were a real bonus." Mansell smiles. "The 
changes are pretty amazing," he says. 
"The wood floors kind of make the rooms, 
but all the changes add up — the new paint, 
the new bathrooms, the new furniture — 
and make what used to be a purely 
utilitarian setup into something classy." 

Back in his room, DeVries closes his 
computer and grins. "Many times we just 
leave our doors open and go between 
rooms... hanging out, playing Halo 
and Super Smash Brothers, or some 
guitar. Or we'll just sit around and talk." 
Across the hall, Zach Mansell listens to the 
sound of his suitemates playing a video 
game outside in their common room. "We 
spend a lot of time blasting music," he 
says, "playing air guitar, or singing Eighties 
rock." The excited shouting outside 
builds to a crescendo, and one gamer 
congratulates the other. Mansell 
grins. "We have a good time." 
Story by Bradley Warshauer 

1 8 Student Life | Hattiesburg Hall Renovation 

Residents Zach Mansell, Chase DeVries, Preston 
McDaniel, West McKellar, and Justin Roland enjoy a 
discussion in a common room in Hattiesburg Hall. 

Wood floors, new paint, new furniture, and a little bit of 
creativity from residents make the new Hattiesburg Hall a 
more comfortable and friendly place to live. 

Photo by Stuart Lovinggood 
Building Photo by Javokco Harris 

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Ingram Hill, a band from Memphis, Tennessee, 
plays into the night before the UTEP game. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 


20 Student Life | Friday Night at the Fountain 

Friday night. As the clock strikes 6:30, 
students begin to hear the sounds of 
instruments: drums, guitars, and vocals. 
Just beyond the Administration Building, 
there's an impromptu world of music, 
games, and spirit. 

Friday Night at the Fountain, one of 
SMAC's most visible and beloved events, 
provides entertainment for students the 
night before every home game. It's an 
evening that is always full of energy, with 
tons of food, activities, a good band, and 
even a pep rally to wrap things up. 

To set the tone for the night, a local band 
plays at the beginning of each Friday 
Night at the Fountain. This year, students 
enjoyed the musical stylings of Hillcrest, 
the Michael Warren Band, Ingram Hill, the 
Benjy Davis Project, and Bag of Donuts. 
"It was fun to just go out, dance, and 
chill," said Geneva Torrence, a freshman 
General Studies major from Jackson. 
"It's a good place to go out and listen to 

In addition to the bands, many other 
exciting opportunities await at every Friday 
Night at the Fountain. With the sound 
of local rock blaring in the background, 
students can get anything from fresh 
cotton candy and popcorn to a nice, cold 
beverage. Everything is free. Getting a 
caricature drawn or playing on the various 

The pep rallies featured visits from coaches, athletes, 
and the Pride of Mississippi. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

blowup machines: free. From Velcro walls 
to boxing rings and even jousting matches, 
there is no shortage of options, all of them 
offered free of cost. 

"One time my friend and I did the jousting 
match, and I knocked her off first followed 
by her knocking me off during the second 
round," said Torrence. "Everyone around 
us was making fun of us while cheering us 
on, but we didn't care because we were 
having so much fun." 

The pep rally following the band pumps 
up the crowd for the upcoming game. 
With everything from step shows to battles 
between Seymour and a rival fan to even 
battles at the drum line, Friday Night at the 
Fountain never fails to create an upbeat and 
spirited atmosphere among the students. 
After the pre-show, the Dixie Darlings, 
Southern Misses, and cheerleaders show 
off their moves for the crowd. 

"It's a good feeling to be on stage in 
front of people who enjoy school spirit," 
said Southern Miss Cheerleader Myles 
Henderson, a freshman General Studies 
major from New Orleans. "I really enjoyed 
the first pep rally because it was like 
the beginning of the Fedora Era along 
with the beginning of my Southern Miss 

A great deal of effort goes into each and 
every Friday Night at the Fountain. Members 
of SMAC work diligently to accomplish every 
task prior to Friday in order to make the 
night a success. "The biggest problem we 
have is sending out and receiving contracts 
for everything from the bands to the stage 
and even the jumping machines," said 
Arts and Entertainment Chair of SMAC, 
Alesha Knox, a sophomore Education 
and Psychology major from Gulfport, 
Mississippi. "All of the hard work is worth it, 
though, because it's just a good time." 

Once the night is finished, students begin to 
disperse to every corner of campus. These 
students, though, leave with something 
new — the spirited attitude of a true Golden 
Eagle. The feelings of joy and excitement 
the students who cannot wait until another 
Friday Night at the Fountain rolls around. 

Story by John 

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Above: A student cooks on a multitude of grills during 
Homecoming festivities. Especially on Homecoming, 
students grill tons of food (almost literally), often too much 
to be consumed by everyone in the District. 
Photo by Leah Bryan 

Below: A special assembly of a satellite and a TV sits 
near Lake Byron before the Boise State game. Student 
and alumni ingenuity can be seen all over campus on 
game days. 
Photo by Elizabeth Warshauer 

22 Student Life | Tailgating 

Three motorcycles rest near the northwest corner of 
the District before the Homecoming game. Teams of 
motorcycle riders are a common sight for tailgaters 
at the District. 
Photo by Leah Bryan 

Kids playing, Golden Eagle logos 
everywhere, and the smell of 
barbeque wafting through a 
cool breeze... these can only 
mean one thing: game day at 
The Rock. With game day comes the age- 
old tradition of tailgating. Some set up their 
tents and make sandwiches while others 
cook burgers on their standard grills, but 
some, like Scott Stober, a Southern Miss 
alumnus, prefer to grill on a larger scale — 
much larger. He cooks an eighty pound 
hog on a massive, home-made grill. "We 
smoke a hog for Homecoming. We start at 
eight o'clock the night before and cook until 
it's done," says Stober, smiling beside the 
sweet-smelling pig. 

Set-ups like Stober's are becoming more 
common at Southern Miss, but big grills 
aren't the only way people take it to the 
next level. Families like Carmen and Chad 
Davis enjoy watching football on their flat 
screen TV from the comfort of their black RV 

(complete with Golden Eagle logos galore, 
naturally). Although Carmen graduated 
from Southern Miss and Chad did not, he 
still sees the importance of supporting the 
school. "It's just a way to enjoy the whole 
game day experience," says Chad. "The 
university's a big part of Hattiesburg and 
I just wanted to come out and support the 

Here, tailgating is elevated from a pastime 
to an art form, with the trappings of 
grandeur ranging from oversized grills 
to satellite dishes. "I've noticed people 
getting more into it: bringing food and TVs," 
says Morgan Barnes, a freshman Nursing 
major from McComb, Mississippi. Across 
the District from where she's standing, an 
alumnus is trying to get his own television 

Another up and coming tailgating guru is 
Howard Bond. Though unaffiliated with 
Southern Miss, he was inspired by his 

friends — alumni — and grew to love the 
school. He then bought what he now 
calls his "gypsy caravan." This miniature 
wood cabin attached to the back of an 
International R-120 series truck houses a 
refrigerator and microwave. Bond says he 
bought the vehicle from a Canadian about 
seven years ago. "I put the canopies on the 
side and back, put in air conditioning, and 
took the wood burning stove out," he says, 
displaying the interior with a proud grin. 

"It pumps up people for the game," says 
Sarah Miltimore, a freshmen Fashion 
Merchandising major from Dallas. "It makes 
more people want to come to the campus." 
Southern Miss alumni and students alike 
continue to display an impossible spirit 
when it comes to tailgating: more, bigger, 
better. The same spirit that guides our 
team guides its fans every game day as 
they search for the ultimate way to express 
their pride and devotion. 

Story by Divah Griffin 

Above: A tncked-out student leans down to chat with 

fellow tailgaters under the warm sun on gameday 

in the Dlstnct. Interesting people and expenences always 

add to the tncked-out atmosphere. 

Photo by Brettany Payne 

Below: A newer addition to the Distnct. Ladder Golf 
involves throwing two balls attached by string toward 
three parallel bars The goal is to wrap the stnng around 
all three parallel bars. 
Photo by Leah Bryan 

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The Black and Gold Team's float stands by the 
illuminated Administration Building during the 
Homecoming Friday Night at the Fountain. The floats 
at the front of campus are a telltale sign of the 
spirit of Homecoming Week. 
Photo by Kayla Rutledge 

24 Student Life | Homecoming 


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It's the sight of the front of campus surrounded 
by floats, the way the Pride sounds on game day, 
•; the smell of chicken wings in the District, 
a gold t-shirt, a trip down the Eagle Walk, 
and friends and family returning to campus. 


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Homecoming 25 

t comes around once a year: not necessarily a time for 
thanks and presents, but certainly a time for growth and 
unity and unrestrained spirit. Students and alumni come 
together for homecoming each year, a time for every 
current and former Golden Eagle to express his or her 
true devotion to Southern Miss with eagerness and zeal. This 
year held no exceptions as graduates of Southern Miss "Came 
Home to Gold." 

11:58. ..11:59. ..12:00 a.m. 

As the clock strikes midnight on Sunday 
night, the events of homecoming 
2008 begin. Once the time has come, 
streamers of white toilet paper and 
^ leaflets of multicolored tissue paper fill 
the air as the race to decorate floats 
begins, and messes of glue and tissue 
and chicken wire transform, sometimes 
slowly and other times quickly, into 
proud icons of Golden Eagle spirit. 
Even though the work may be tedious, 
the process soon becomes a bonding 
experience full of excitement. 

"Everyone was really upbeat and excited 
about it," said freshman Erin Seidenburg, 
a General Studies student from Laurel, 
Mississippi representing Chi Omega 
for Team 4. "I am really proud of how 
everyone came together and worked to 
get the float done on time." 

For the week's events, fraternities, 
sororities, and non-Greek organizations 
are grouped together into six teams for 
a gauntlet of competitions. After an 
introduction by MelissaCirinoand a quick 
meal, the festivities begin. Monday's 
contest was a relay race involving eggs, 
spoons, shaving cream, balloons, and 
an orange. What followed included a 
chain of tasks building up to the naming 
of a winner. "It was enjoyable," said 
sophomore Chris Hamilton, a Business 
Administration major from New Orleans 
who represented Sigma Epsilon for 
Team 3. "My favorite part about the 
relay was everybody's reaction when 
my pledge brother, Gavin, dropped the 
egg at the end of the relay when we 
had been in the lead. Everybody went 

t, a freshman from Mandeville, Louisiana, holds 

a balloon steady while his teammate attempts to shave 

it during the Homecoming Kickoff Party in the District. 

Shaving a balloon was just one of the slightly ridiculous 

activites required of the contestants at the Kickoff Party. 

Photo by Kimberly Adams 

On the following chilly day, the traditional 
Fountain Sit took place, testing its competitors both mentally and 
physically. The participants answered Southern Miss related 
questions with dire consequences if answered wrong — nobody 
wants to loose their chairtoo soon. "Sitting in the fountain was very 
challenging due to the frigid weather," said Stuart Lovinggood, 
a junior Chemistry major from Metairie, Louisiana representing 
Pi Kappa Phi for Team 5. "After it was done, I would have to 
say that it was one of the most spirited things I have done at 
Southern." Health concerns led to the event's early termination, 
with the remaining contestants splitting the awarded points. 

26 Student Life | Homecoming 

Joey Fallas, a freshman 
representing Alpha Tau 
Omega, tries to sleep off 
the frigid temperatures 
of the Fountain Sit. At 
sundown, the contestants 
were forced out of the 
fountain by doctor's orders. 
Photo by Christy Dyess 

Right: Student 

Government Association 

President Melissa Cirino 

and University President 

Dr. Martha Saunders ride 

down Hardy Street during 

the Homecoming Parade. 

Photo by Kayla Rutledge 

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Above: Members of Pi 
Kappa Phi Fraternity 
stuff their float in front of 
their house. Fraternity 
members compete against 
each other to see who can 
stuff their float the fastest 
and keep it stuffed as the 
week progresses. 
Photo by Kimberly Adams 

Whitney Pegus, a 
freshman Political Science 
major from Batesville, 
Mississippi, a dancer 
from the Black and Gold 
team competes in the 
Eagle Step Show as part 
of Homecoming Week 
festivities. Each team had 
to create a step and were 
judged on crowd reaction 
and group spirit. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Seymour and the 
cheerleaders make their 
way down Hardy Street as 
part of the Homecoming 
Parade. The Hattiesburg 
Fire Department allowed 
the cheerleaders to ride 
on one of their fire trucks. 
Photo by Kayla Rutledge 

Fountain Sit participants 

Landon Foster and 

John David Childs use 

The Drawl to review 

Southern Miss facts while 

waiting on Homecoming 

Officials to quiz them. 

Correct answers result in 

bathroom breaks, food, 

and extra clothing. 

Photo by Christy Dyess 

Homecoming 27 

On Wednesday, two pairs of guys and 
girls from each team switched gender 
roles while participating in the Mister and 
Miss Varsity Pageant. Guests at the event 
included everyone from Sarah Palin to 
Michael Jackson to Miss Piggy. In the 
end, Kermit and Miss Piggy stole the 
show. "I felt kind of stupid at first with my 
face painted completely green but I just 
got out there and hopped like a frog," said 
Kermit, a.k.a. Jill Duckworth, a sophomore 
General Studies student from Clinton, 
Mississippi representing Kappa Delta for 
Team 2. "I liked when Marty — dressed as 
Miss Piggy — laid on the stage and I hopped 
over him." 

The next day in the homecoming series 
left the Southern Miss campus shaking 
from the Eagle Step. Consisting of mainly 
first-time steppers, their stylish moves 
surprised much of the crowd and even 
the steppers themselves. "I really enjoyed 
actually getting into the rhythm of the beat 

during the step," said sophomore Brett 
Haro, a Business Administration major 
from New Orleans representing Pi Kappa 
Phi for Team 5. "During practice we just 
goofed around, but when you're in front of 
everyone you have to put your game face 
on. The title as champs was up for grabs 
for everyone, and it was cool to win." 

Occurring in tandem with Halloween, 
this homecoming Friday held the motto 
"Go Gold, Fright, Win!" The day saw the 
return of Southern Miss' annual Halloween 
Carnival, with little children roaming from 
table to table, searching for another piece 
of candy. If the children did not find a 
suitable amount of sugary sweets, they 
could venture to the front of campus and 
would find spirited Greek students handing 
out more. 


"It's a great time for Greek organizations 
to unify for a cause, reminding the 
organizations of the key principles on which 

1hey were founded, mainly community 
service," said junior Tim Finnigan, a 
Broadcast Journalism major from Satsuma, 
Alabama who represented Sigma Phi 
Epsilon for Team 3. "It's always fun to be 
teamed up with another organization in a 
friendly competition to see who can hand 
out the most candy to the children." 

The night concluded with a festive pep 
rally for Friday Night at the Fountain. Bag 
of Doughnuts performed for the students, 
along with an appearance by The Sam 
Zeanah Band at the beginning of the night. 

Finally, Homecoming Day arrives. As one 
o"clock neared, groups of Southern Miss 
fans began to sporadically claim their 
territory on the sidewalk in anticipation of 
the parade that was about to begin. "It took 
forever for the parade to begin, but once it 
started it went by pretty quick," said Jacob 
Pucheu, a freshman Chemistry major 
from Biloxi who drove the Eaglepalooza 

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float for Freshman Associates. "There 
were all sorts of people out there. It felt 
like everyone was just one big Southern 
Miss family." 

to be able to represent Southern Miss. I 
could not have asked for a better day." The 
game ended with a blowout score of 70-14 
against UAB. 

Students began pouring into the stadium 
early to snag a perfect view of the day's 
game and halftime festivities. The Eagles 
fought strong through each quarter of the 
first half, assuring fans that a victory was to 
come. At halftime, the court was presented 
and Team 2 was crowned as Homecoming 
Champions for 2008. 

Gorgeous gowns of black and gold glint 
against the crisp green of the field. One 
one, the ladies of the court were escort 
across the field and presented to T 
Rock at large. Katie Christiansen, the 
2008 Homecoming Queen, emerged last, 
dressed all in white. "It was really exciting," 
said Christiansen, a senior Nursing major 
from Fairhope, Alabama. "It made me 
really proud to be at Southern Miss and 

Miss Southern Miss Deborah Quave, a senior Tourism 
Management major from Gautier, Mississippi, and 
Mr. Southern Miss Omari Pittman, a senior Human 
Performance and Recreation major from Jackson, are 
presented during halftime at the Homecoming Game. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Dr. Martha Saunders aids 

in crowning the ecstatic 

Homecoming Queen, 

Katie Christiansen. Katie 

is a senior Nursing major 

from Fairhope, Alabama. 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 

The best things in life are short: intense 
energy condensed down to its purest form. 
Like all such things, Homecoming ended 
quietly at midnight, leaving only the promise 
of grander dreams, bigger floats, and even 
greater glories for next year's festivities. 

Story by John Ban 



Patrick Cliburn, a senior Tourism and Hospitality 
Management major from Clinton, Mississippi, jokes with 
a coworker while taking an order at the Power House 
Restaurant. Cliburn prides himself in his positive attitude, 
especially at work. 
Photo by Elizabeth Warshauer 

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students work hard for the money 

Jennifer Bates, a Child 
Development major from 
Liberty, Mississippi, sorts 
packaging materials 
after organizing the day's 
incoming packages. Student 
workers in The Hub play an 
active role in everyday life at 
Southern Miss. 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 

30 Student Life j Working on Campus 





Meet Patrick Cliburn. He's tall and smiling, 
hands set softly against the counter at 
the Power House. A senior Tourism and 
Hospitality Management major, Cliburn 
juggles the responsibility of being a student 
and working at his job in the Power House 
on campus. Originally a native of Clinton, 
Mississippi, Cliburn describes his time as a 
student employee as an incredibly positive 
experience that has helped him connect 
with the campus community. 

"My initial reaction to student employment 
is that it is just another great way to get 
involved on campus, and it definitely pays, 
not just literally, but as a learning experience 
in and of itself," said Cliburn. 

When asked about the repercussions of 
student employment at Southern Miss, 

Cliburn harked back to a speech he heard 
as an underclassman. In that speech, Dr. 
Joe Paul, the Vice President for Student 
Affairs, implored students to not only 
attend class, but to "leave Southern Miss 
better than they found it." For Cliburn, 
student employment is one of many ways 
to make a contribution to the Southern 
Miss community. 

"Eagle Dining is very student oriented," 
said Cliburn. "Students make up a large 
part of our clientele, and this relationship 
makes the experience different from a food 
service job off-campus." 

In addition to his work on campus, 
Cliburn also has an off-campus job. It is 
this type of work ethic that is propagated 
by involvement in student employment, 

and pays off in the form of long-term job 
opportunities after graduation. 

Meet Jennifer Bates, a senior Child 
Development major from Liberty, 
Mississippi. You'll find her in the university's 
Post Office, sorting letters and delivering 
packages. Generally gregarious, she. like 
Cliburn, explained that much of the benefit 
of student employment comes from 
social networking. 

"Working on campus introduces you to all 
of the departments in the university and to 
countless people every day." said Bates. 
"These may in fact be departments or 
people that you may interact with later in 

Bates went on to explain that she enjoys 
her job and takes pride in making sure 
things move as efficiently as possible for 
students and their mail. When asked about 
the best aspect of her job. Bates needed 
only to mention that she is one of the 
workers who act as the liaison between 
the Business Office and the student body, 
delivering refund checks to thousands of 
ecstatic students every semester. 

At the end of the day. student workers may 
go home a little wearier than the average 
student, but there is something to be said 
about the value of fatigue. Their work goes 
on, daily, weekly: a background effort that 
ensures that everything here at Southern 
Miss runs smoothly. 

Story by Christopher Mills 

Jennifer Bates prepares to put a few pieces of mail into a 
post office box. Bates Is one of the students who makes 
receiving mail a reality. 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 

Working on Campus 31 

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Two runners, Jill Pelhan 
and Matt Mills, make their 
way around the nature trail 
during the early morning 
hours. Participants in the 
My First 5k program held 
to a rigorous schedule 
until they were fully 
prepared for the race. 

32 Student Life | 5k Training 

Under the overhead 
lights shining from 
the Payne Center, 
a congregation of 
uniformed people 
begins to gather 
together on concrete 
steps in front of the 
building. It is, without 
doubt, very cold and 
very early, but these 
people are motivated 
by their purpose — a 
mission challenging 
their devotion and 

The early birds, gathering in the darkness 
of morning, all want to run a 5K. A 
cheerful atmosphere surrounds 

kthe morning training troupe, 
geared up in sweats and 
sneakers, as they 
begin stretching 

in preparation for the laps to come. 

The "My First 5K Run" program originates 
from the desire of non-runners to transition 
into a running regimene. Practicing three 
times a week (Tuesday and Thursday 
at 6:15 A.M. and Sunday afternoons) 
provides the new runners with ample time 
to adjust their bodies to the benchmark of 
an extended race. During training, these 
athletes practice with timed intervals of 
running and walking, gradually moving from 
mostly walking toward mostly running. The 
runners experience around two months 
of training, starting after Labor Day and 
ending with the race held in October. 

Before the sunlight slips above the horizon 
and envelopes the sky above, these runners 
have begun their quest for victory at the bi- 
weekly 6:15 practice. What seems ludicrous 
to some of us is appealing to others. 

"I like starting my day with running because 
I feel like I have done something good for 
myself before I even drink my morning 
coffee," said Laura Anderson, a graduate 
student from Virginia Beach, Virginia 
working on a master's in Biology with an 
emphasis in Marine Biology. 

"It's a great feeling exercising in the 
morning, and then I'm 'done with it.' I'd 
rather spend my morning away from home 
than the early evening away," said Karen 
Reidenbach, a campus employee who 
placed third in her division at this year's 

Running appears to be a simplistic sport, 
but like everything, there is more than 
meets the eye. The process of attuning 
one's body to the demands of extended 
running is best done at a slow but 
consistent pace, and it takes a special kind 
of dedication to continue on through early 
morning practices when the results seem 
so far and fleeting. 

"One of the greatest things about the 
5K training program is how the training 
sessions create accountability for the 
runners," said graduate student and 5K 
trainer Joy Schaubhut, originally from 
Biloxi and now working on a master's in 
Public Health. "I am sure the trainees are 
starting to see that running a 5K is a very 
reachable goal." 

During these early-morning running 
sessions, a community atmosphere has 
grown among the runners. "There is a lot of 
diversity within the group, and I have met 
people I wouldn't have met otherwise. We 
have made a lot of progress, and I think that 
feeling of accomplishment is one thing that 
keeps us coming back," said Anderson. 

Running is addictive: once you start, it's 
hard to stop. Even after the race on October 
25th, many of the runners have stayed 
committed to their work, continuing to run 
together in the morning. Every morning, 
people wake up and run: for strength, for 
endurance, for discipline, for health, for 
enjoyment, for passion. Every morning, 
there is an opportunity for each of us to do 
the same. 

Story by John Ban 

A trio of runners still uses 
the street lights as they 
make their way around 
the Fitness Trail outside 
the Payne Center. The 
sun rose well after the 
"My First 5k" program 
participants began their 
early morning sessions. 
Photo by Christy Dycss 


5k Training 33 


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flag football dominates fall intra murals^r 

Chris Hornberger, a senior Sports Administration major 
from New Orleans, throws a pass to a teammate during 
an intramural flag football game. Flag football games are 
a common sight in the fall, with games played four days a 
week, well into the evening, throughout the season. 
Photo by Kayla Rutledge 

It's the middle of the semester, that horrible 
stretch between holidays. Papers and 
projects lurk around every corner like 
beasts on the savannah, the stress is 
mounting, and the thing that sticks in your 
mind, without rhyme or reason, is that you 
should go play flag football. Intramurals 
represent a common pastime for many 
Southern Miss students looking to take a 
break from the growing pressures of their 
busy schedules. Groups and unaffiliated 
students alike can compete in anything 
from water polo to wiffle ball. 

Eric Lowe, a junior Construction Engineering 
major from Pensacola, Florida, plays flag 
football for the Southern Miss College 
Republicans. "It's really fun, it gets you 

34 Student Life I Intramurals 

up off the couch or out from behind the 
computer and on the field battling against 
your opponents with your friends to try and 
win that awesome, free intramurals t-shirt." 

Thomas Laudisi, a senior triple major from 
Diamondhead, Mississippi, plays on both 
the co-rec and men's teams for the Catholic 
Student Association (CSA). "Making friends 
and being able to play sports you haven't 
played since high school or even elementary 
school is amazing," Laudisi said. He has 
even suffered some mild injuries for the love 
of sports. "I have sprained my ankle and 
dislocated a pinky while playing basketball 
and twisted my ankle playing ultimate 
frisbee." He nods as he says it, likening his 
injuries to badges of glory. 

Andreia Domingos, a sophomore Tourism 
Management major from Bay St. Louis, 
Mississippi, plays for the Luckyday 
Eliminators, a team competing in intramural 
sports for the first time. "The first time that 
we played an actual game we lost, but we 
had so much fun," she said. The Luckyday 
Eliminators flag football team ranks at 0-3 
at the time this article was written, while 
CSA stands at 1-2. The winners of the 
intramural championship will win a t-shirt 
and carry the title of flag football champs 
until the next season. 

Story by Marie John 

Joseph Bridges, a junior 
Kinesiology major from 
Pearl, Mississippi, spins a 
ball at the sidelines while 
waiting to be substituted 
into his game. Fraternity 
men take flag football to 
heart as a fair competition 
among fraternities. 

Photo by Kayla Rutledge 

Kristin Monsour, a 

sophomore Nursing major 

from Meridian, makes a 

break for the end zone 

while passing Kayla 

Gautreaux, a freshman 

from River Ridge, 

Louisiana, on her left. The 

greek women's division 

demonstrates a fierce level 

of competition without 

forgetting that they are 

competing for fun. 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Senior Ryan Vaughn 
reacts to his flag being 
pulled during a flag 
football game in the 
fall. Many teams make 
shirts to set themselves 
apart, especially during 
flag football season. 

Photo by Elizabeth Warshauer 

Flag Football Dominates Intramurals 35 

A sausage pizza awaits someone taking a slice in the 
Fresh Food Company. Pizzas are made as they are 
needed, so students can always count on freshness 
and quality. 

Haylee Pitts and Chr 
St. John, both senior 
Marketing majors, enjoy 
a pizza at Jaybird'; 
across Hardy Street. Fc 
students who don't hav 
meal plans or don't mir 
the walk, Jaybird's is i 
popular alternative when 
craving pizza. 

36 Student Life I Pizza 

This sign for A Stone's 

Throw in the Freshman 

Quad calls students 

to come eat pizza or 

Quiznos late into the 

evenings. A Stone's 

Throw is certainly a 

landmark for anyone 

living on campus who 

eats after Fresh Food 

Company closes. 

Dessert pizza is an 

interesting alternative 

to the standard pizza 

varieties, and satisfies 

both the sweet tooth and 

the joy of eating pizza. 

The everyday diet of a college student is no 
secret, and generally involves one of two 
things: pizza or more pizza. Regardless 
of time of day, pizza is almost always 
appropriate, and likewise almost always 
available, on or off campus. While waiting in 
line for pizza at the Fresh Food Company, 
Andreia Domingos, a sophomore Tourism 
Management major from Bay St. Louis, 
Mississippi, remarked, "There's a pizza for 
every occasion, really. You can't go wrong 
with it." 

Pizza comes in a variety of styles and sizes, 
but usually only one shape. The classics 
should never be forgotten: pepperoni, 
cheese, sausage, or any combination of 
the three. For many, these types of pizza 
are a necessity. Depending on the time 
of day, a student can also enjoy breakfast 
pizza in the Fresh Food Company or a late 
night dessert pizza from A Stone's Throw. 
Even students who prefer not to eat meat 
can enjoy cheese or vegetarian pizza on a 
wheat crustfrom the Fresh Food Company's 
Smart Line. Pizza can be consumed at any 
time of day, and is available on campus 
from lunch until 2 AM. Across Hardy Street, 
Jaybird's Pizza is a convenient getaway for 
a fresh pie during reasonable hours. Plenty 
of places offer delivery, including two rival 
Pizza Huts down Hardy Street. For a finer 
fare, Bianchi's Pizzeria downtown offers 
quality gourmet pizzas in unique varieties. 

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Students all hold different philosophies on 
sauce quality and cheese-to-sauce ratios. 
Stuart Neal, a junior Music Education 
major from Clinton, claims that he can 
tell the difference between sauces in the 
Fresh Food Company. "Today is definitely 
a salsa-based sauce: there's a lot of 
peppers in here. I prefer the tomato-based 
sauce, but the salsa base will have to do 
today." The food service provider Aramark 
serves both the Fresh Food Company 
and A Stone's Throw, but students claim 
there is a difference between the two. 
Neal conjectures that the workers use 
slightly different techniques for the pizza 
at A Stone's Throw. "I know it's the same 
ingredients but there is something about 
Stone's Throw pizza that makes it more 
enjoyable. Maybe it's that I'm always 
eating it at midnight or later, or maybe it's 
the personal style of the workers at Stone's 
Throw. I like it better." 

Pizza, for many college students, is a 
necessary component of their diet, an ideal 
food: several food groups, consistently 
delicious, and easily divided among friends. 
As the sun sets on another day. Andreia 
Domingos walks out of the Thad Cochran 
Center with a to-go box full of pizza. "I can't 
imagine life without pizza. It would be a sad 
world." she says. 

Story by Stuart Lovinggood 
All Photos by Leah Bryar^ 

Everyday Food of Choice 37 

hattiesburg's unique dining experiences 








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This is the eating cycle of many students 
at Southern Miss, assuming they still 
have Bonus Bucks. Some students never 
venture off campus to find a place to eat, 
and when they do, it's to a chain restaurant. 
The tragedy is that Hattiesburg is full of 
wonderful, unique restaurants, waiting to 
be experienced. 

One such treasure is Leatha's Barbeque, 
located on Highway 98 behind a car 
dealership. It's hard to find, but the food 
and atmosphere are well worth the hunt. "It 
was always my mother's dream to have a 
restaurant, so we finally just decided to open 
one up," said Bonnie Jackson, daughter of 
the namesake of the restaurant. Besides 
their excellent barbeque pork ribs, Leatha's 
is also famous for their atmosphere. 

"I absolutely love the people that work 
there. They are friendly and actually care 
about their customers. What else could 
you ask for?" said Nicolas Arcement, a 
senior Administration of Justice major from 

Picayune, Mississippi. "We pride ourselves 
on being friendly with the customers. They 
are like our family," said Jackson. 

Another student favorite is Southbound 
Bagel and Coffee Shop, located on East 
Front Street in downtown Hattiesburg. 
"It's small and quaint, which is nice. And 
it has both a modern and classic feel at 
the same time," said Brandon Drescher, 
a senior Marine Science major from High 
Point, North Carolina. "It's located around 
a lot of other places downtown, which 
gives it an appeal. Oh, and the bagels are 
amazing," said Bradley Glasco, a junior 
Mass Communications major from Marion, 
Arkansas. There's something special 
about these places, something important in 
knowing that they're not part of a chain, but 
instead are found only in Hattiesburg. 

Somethin' Cool Snowballs has that same 
charm as well. Located right beside 
McDonald's and Smoothie King, the stand 
offers close-to-campus treats. "We opened 

for about a month last year, and are running 
until November," said Casey Dellastone, 
who owns the snowball stand with his wife 
Christy. The stand offers many unique and 
unusual flavors, including White Russian, 
Rock Star, and Pop Star (which includes 
a hidden surprise). The stand also does 
special snowballs for Halloween. "We like 
to throw in little extras around Halloween to 
give the snowballs a little flair," said Christy 

Whetheryou are looking for a cold snowball, 
a good bagel, or some great barbeque and 
a comfortable atmosphere, Hattiesburg 
accommodates. While having places on 
campus to eat is a welcome convenience, 
it's nice to break up the routine every once 
in a while. "Great food is hard to come by," 
Arcement says. "People need to try a place 
off campus that isn't a chain restaurant. 
You may stumble across a place you come 
to love." 

Story by Alan Wheat 

38 Student Life | Dining Off Campus 

Top: This colorful sign attracts customers to the off-the- 
beaten-path Somethin' Cool Snowballs, which offers a 

Middle: Russell Welch, a senior Jazz Studies major from 
Jackson, enjoys his food outside of Southbound Bagel and 

wide selection of unique flavors for refreshment on a hot Coffee Shop, Located downtown near the end of Front 

fall day. 

Photo by Kayla Rutledge 

Street, Southbound Bagel Shop is a quaint and delicious 
getaway for anyone who finds himself in downtown 

Photo by Kimberly Adams 

Bottom: Southerner reporter Alan Wheat, a senior 
History Licensure major from Crossroads, Mississippi, 
talks with Bonnie Jackson, whose mother is the 
namesake of Leatha's Barbecue. Leatha's unique 
atmosphere and great food attract both students and 
people who live throughout the Hattiesburg area. 
Photo by Kayla Rutledge 

Dining Off Campus 39 


40 Student Life | Eaglepalooza 




Eaglepalooza 41 

Top: Dave Barnes entertains 
the crowd as one of the two 
headliners at Eaglepalooza. 
Barnes is a singer-songwriter 
from Nashville who had recently 
finished a tour with the musical 
group Hanson. 
Photo by Calvin Wu 

Middle: Sophomores Andie 
Szabo, Nic Treat, and Carrie 
Prior enthusiastically cheer 
during the opening moments 
of the Mute Math concert. 
Crowd reactions to the Mute 
Math performance ranged 
from excited to very excited. 
Photo by Calvin Wu 

Bottom: Paul Meany, lead 

singer of Mute Math, flips himself 

over his keyboard and onto the 

drumset. Mute Math wowed the 

crowd with their energetic and 

daring performance. 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Brilliant light explodes 
in the darkness, 
illuminating downtown 
Hattiesburg while 
thousands take to 
the streets during 
Eaglepalooza. On the 
stage, the band Mute 
Math is finishing its performance, lights 
flashing, powerful drums reverberating 
against the old buildings surrounding 
the crowd. As the music suddenly ends, 
Melissa Dunne raises her arms and 
cheers. "I just love the feeling of being out 
here in the open," says the sophomore 
Graphic Design major from Birmingham. 
"When you're here in this atmosphere, with 
friends and so many others, you really feel 
like part of a larger community." 

About the latter, most agree. "I love both 
Dave Barnes and Mute Math," says Roger 
Magee, a senior Broadcast Journalism 
major and self-styled "military brat." The 
crowd is beginning to disperse slowly, but 
no one seems to be in much of a hurry to 
leave the downtown venue. "Barnes and 
Mute Math — they're all just such talented 
performers," Magee says. "Dave sang 
something sweet for the ladies, then Mute 
Math showed us what a rock performance 
can be. They had people moshing in 
crowds. They were so energizing." 

"Mute Math?" says Patrick Laughlin, a 
sophomore International Business major 
from Pearl River, Louisiana. "Mute Math 
was definitely the best part of the show. 
Freakin' amazing!" 

The fun of Eaglepalooza doesn't begin — or 
end — with the concert. Eaglepalooza has 
become a huge community event, and 
draws thousands to downtown Hattiesburg, 
creating an exciting environment every 
year that fills restaurants and clubs with 
students, locals and visitors from across 
the area. After a while, students recount 
their experiences. 

"Oh yeah," Magee says, "we spent a good 
while just walking around, seeing what 
downtown has to offer." 

"We explored downtown last year a lot," 
Melissa Dunne says. "This year, we're 
just staying close to the concert." As the 
crowds disperse into the night, the lights 
begin to dim, Dunne's friends crowd 
around each other, perhaps for warmth. 
"The atmosphere down here," she says, "is 
the best part of all." 

42 Student Life | Eaglepalooza 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 

entric and 
rummer for Mute 
Math, demolishes his drumset 
in the final moments of their 
Eaglepalooza performance. King 
taped his headphones to his hea 
for the first half the performar 
to keep them in place througr 
intense drumming. 

Photo by Calvin Wu 

Eaglepalooza 43 

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Formal dresses, beautiful smiles and the 
opportunity to win thousands of dollars in 
scholarship money were the driving forces 
behind the Miss University of Southern 
Mississippi Pageant. Seven talented young 
women debuted on the stage of Bennett 
Auditorium before a packed audience on 
February 21st. The pageant, a tradition 
on the Southern Miss campus since 1947, 
serves as an opportunity for talented 
and intelligent women to compete for 
the chance to represent Southern Miss 
at the Miss Mississippi Pageant to be 
held in Vicksburg every July. Organized 
and directed by the Student Government 
Association, the Miss University of Southern 
Mississippi Pageant is an official preliminary 
competition to both the Miss Mississippi and 
Miss America pageants. 

Freshman Theatre major Jessica Nester 
of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, looks back 
on the event as a blur of emotion and 
excitement. "I remember practicing for 
it every night the week before, trying to 
get my turns right for my talent... I was a 
nervous wreck but I loved every minute of 
it." She performed a vocal solo for her talent, 
singing "Thinking of Me," a hit song from 
the musical, The Phantom of the Opera. 
Her performance received a thunderous 
round of applause from the audience. 

Junior Sarah Kiehn of Meridian, a 
Speech and Hearing Sciences major, 
performed a piano solo to CPE. Bath's 
Solfeggietto. Since first becoming involved 
with pageants in high school, Sarah has 
looked forward to being on the stage at 
Bennett Auditorium. "Everything that goes 
into [pageants]-all the preparing and even 
the actual night itself is all a lot of fun," says 
Sarah, who decided to enter the pageant 
after it was postponed due to lack of 
contestants. "I wanted to support Southern 
Miss so I signed up!" Her platform, Raising 
Eating Disorder Awareness, served as a 
motivator for Sarah to put her all into the 
pageant. "I wanted the pageant to be a way 

for me to get my platform out there and be 
heard... there are many misconceptions 
associated with eating disorders and I 
wanted to educate people about them." 
Sarah, who placed third in the pageant, 
enjoyed the opportunity. "I made so many 
memories and bonded with a lot of new 

Maggie Evans, a junior Biological Sciences 
Licensure major from Louin, Mississippi, 
won the title of Miss University of Southern 
Mississippi. "I wasn't expecting it and now 
I'm just excited about preparing for the Miss 
Mississippi Pageant," Evans said. During 
the pageant, she performed "Whispers 
of the Wind" by composer Randall Faber 
on piano for her talent. Maggie's platform 
is her advocacy of bone marrow donor 
registry, was inspired by two young boys 
from her hometown currently struggling 
with cancer. "I want to raise awareness to 
increase the chance of success for cancer 
patients," says Evans. 

This July, Maggie Evans will move on 
to compete in Vicksburg in the Miss 
Mississippi Pageant. "I'm so excited 
and I want to make everyone here at the 
Southern Miss campus proud of me." 
Beautiful, caring, considerate, and talented, 
Maggie can rest assured that whatever the 
outcome, she's already made her university 

Story by Marie John 
All photos by Kayla Rutledge 

Right: Miss University of 

outhern Mississippi Maggie 

Evans, a junior Biological 

Sciences major from Louin, 

Mississippi, performs 

during the talent portion of 

the pageant. Contestants 

competed in talent, physical 

fitness, formal, and an 

onstage interview. 

Top: Pageant contestants 
present their formal 
dresses before the 
winners are announced. 
A variety of awards were 
given out at the pageant, 
including Congeniality and 
highest GPA. 

Middle: First runner- 
up Brettany Payne, 
a sophomore from 
Columbus, Mississippi, 
answers her question 
about community service 
during the on-stage 
interview portion of the 


44 Student Life | Miss University of Southern Mississippi 

Miss University of Southern Mississippi 45 

46 Student Life | Miss Mississippi 

Sophomore Nutrition and Dietetics major from D'lberville 
Christine Kozlowski was named Miss Mississippi on June 
28, 2008 at the Miss Mississippi pageant in Vicksburg. 
Photo courtesy of Marketing and PR 

Christine kozlowski, golden eagle 

Do you know Miss Mississippi? Her name is Christine Kozlowski, and this 
sophomore from D'lberville, Mississippi, calls Southern Miss her second home. 
A Nutrition and Dietetics major, Christine 

saw the need to make diabetes awareness a part 

of her platform because it is an issue that hits close 

to home. "I chose my platform because it affects 

something very close and dear to me: my mother. 

She is not the only member of my family diagnosed 

with diabetes," says Kozlowski. "After realizing how 
commonplace diabetes is in the nation and also how 
susceptible Americans are to the disease because 
of our lifestyle and eating habits, I decided this was 
the perfect platform for me." She also helped start 
Diabetes Advocates Nourishing Children's Education 
(DANCE) to promote diabetes awareness for children. 

Benigno from Laurel (above right), gave 
Christine support and encouragement. 

"Christine was an outstanding freshman 
from the Gulf Coast. Just a model Southern 
Miss student," say Dr. Joe Paul, Vice 
President of Student Affairs. "Her service 
in that role is a very important reflection on 
the University of Southern Mississippi." 

Now, after the short stop in Hattiesburg, 
Christine is traveling throughout the state 
speaking at schools, businesses, and other 
organizations. She will soon be competing 
in the Miss America Pageant as Southern 
Miss students cross their fingers that a 
golden eagle may bring home the crown. 

Story by Divah Griffin 

All Photos by Elizabeth Maloy 


Christine is a member of the Student Dietetic 
Association, Alpha Lambda Delta and Lambda 
Sigma honor societies. Kozlowski was also a 
member of the Southern Misses dance team. 

A reception was held in Kozlowski's honor on 
August 21 st in the Thad Cochran Center hosted 
by the Student Government Association. At 
the reception, University President Dr. Martha 
Saunders (above left) presented Christine 
with a necklace of vintage Mississippi postage 
stamps made by former Miss Mississippi Jalin 

Christine was received with warm welcomes 
from Dr. Joe Paul, President Martha Saunders, 
and SGA President Melissa Cirino. Because 
Christine is a Southern Miss Luckyday scholar, 
many of her Luckyday peers came to show their 
support for this newly crowned queen. Other 
students and friends, like sophomore Kristen 

Miss Missippi Christine Kozlowski talks to the press 
during her reception in the Thad Cochran Center. 
Christine kept a busy schedule throughout the year as 
she campaigned for the Miss America Pageant. 

Miss Mississippi 47 

the not-so-everyday ending 


n alarm. A student rolls over, 
eyes open. A graduation gown 
hangs from a hanger on the 
doorframe, a thin skin of plastic 
_kstill pulled messily over it. It's a 
presence that bridges time, four years of the 
past and an indeterminate future sewn into a 
single thing. For every student, graduation 
is an ominous but exciting moment. Four 
years: it's deceptive. Long enough to put 
things off, short enough to have the end 
creep up on you before you're even settled 

"I feel excited and nervous about the 
future," said senior Deborah Quave, a 
Tourism Management major from Gautier, 
Mississippi. "I'm scared to leave what I 
know, but I know that Southern Miss has 
prepared me for the future." 

major from New Orleans, has had a good 
experience with the diversity of this campus: 
"I've learned to respect diversity because 
people come from all different walks of 
life at Southern Miss and respecting the 
differences with other people on campus 
helps to change the way that you see the 
world. There is more to a Southern Miss 
student than a GPA and a face, and if you 
get to know the actual student then it will 
make your experience that much better." 

With over 280 student organizations on 
campus, there are plenty of ways for 
students to make their mark on campus. 
Not only do these activities help students 
give back to Southern Miss, but they also 
help to give students an opportunity to 
figure out who they are as a person and 
what their role is in the world. 

Senior Celeste McDonald, an Accounting Through the organizations he participated 

in throughout college, Whit Meeks, a senior 
Spanish and History major from Pensacola, 
Florida, has learned more about life and 
himself. "In retrospect, I see that being 
Greek has really made me who I want to be 
in life," Meeks said. "Being in a fraternity, 
surrounded by a diverse group of people 
has really helped shape who I am today." 

As Graduation day nears, the reality of the 
future creeps closer and closer, becomes 
undeniable. Paths that have, for four years, 
run together begin to part as plans solidify. 
"I plan to work for the Peace Corps, working 
for the Environmental Education Center to 
help train teachers and educate students 
about conservation," said Meeks. "After my 
term is finished, I want to go to graduate 
school to get a doctorate in History." 

Graduation Day arrives: a special moment 
for each student to reflect on times past 

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while looking toward the future that awaits much-fabled "real world." Southern Miss is 

important than simply receiving a diploma, 
graduation is a time for each student to 
recognize that this journey would not have 
been possible without the guidance of their 
parents and professors. In the ceremony, 
there is even a moment when the students 
turn to clap for their parents and their 
faculty. "I was glad that they have it in the 
ceremony," acknowledged Meeks. "I owe 
my college education to my parents for 
helping me pay for school, and it was good 
to have a chance to thank the teachers one 
more time especially when you don't get a 
chance in the classroom." 

It's called commencement, and with good 
reason: as much as graduation is an ending, 
it is also a beginning. It is initiation into that 

, doctors — but most importantly. 
adults. "It was a great experience, and 
I wouldn't change it for anything," said 
Quave. "From the uncertainty that I had at 
the beginning of college to the assurance 
that I have now, I know that I will be okay 
in the future." 

Story by John Barr 
All photos by Elizabeth Maloy 

Graduates anxiously stand in 

line, waiting their turn to move 

toward the stage Four years of 

hard work and dedication have 

finally led to receiving their 

college diploma 

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Graduation 49 

We are more than one. We are the nigh-centennial campus of Hattiesburg, ringed by distant pines 
and the growing city. We are the oak-dappled plot overlooking the beach, hardened and honed 
by storms. We are other, smaller places: nurses in Meridian and labs along the Coast. We are 
even a sixteenth-century monestary in Pontlevoy, France. Divided by distance, we are united 
by identity, by pride, by name, and by crest. We are the University of Southern Mississippi, 
no single entity or campus but a growing collection of parts greater than their sum. 
And we are not an island. We exist in contexts: in the context of the Coast, and in the context 
of the Community of Hattiesburg. We have watched both grow with tremendous zeal; but 
more, we have been part and parcel of this growth. We are the ones who walk the 
streets of a Downtown Hattiesburg, now breathing again, revived with new life. 
We are the ones who cross Highway 90 to put our feet in the sand. We are 
booths at the Art Walk, patrons at the Hippo, and tenants in — well, 
let's be honest — almost every apartment. We sprawl. We grow. 
We are Southern Miss, united together across 
Coast and Community. 

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When students learn that downtown 
Hattiesburg offers a Farmer's Market 
every Thursday, they are often surprised. 
Most students do not even know such an 
event exists. William Turnage, a senior 
Information Technologies major from New 
Hebron, Mississippi was impressed. "The 
goat jerky was surprisingly good. I was 
really amazed at all the things the booths 
had to offer." 

Local vendors sell sweet-smelling fruit, 
garden-fresh vegetables, homemade 
baked goods, and even hot gyros. "The 
Farmer's Market has been going on for 
about five years now," said Chris Cagle, 
current organizer of the market. "We 
recently moved it to Thursdays, which has 

lunity and CoatH^Mmer ^Market 

actually been quite successful." The 
move was a logical one, made so the 
market wouldn't have to compete with 
other farmer's markets which generally 
operate on Saturdays. 

The market is run completely by 
volunteers. Everyone involved has 
offered their time out of a genuine 
love for local goods. Allegra Dowdle, 
a Chemistry major from Starkville, 
Mississippi says she loves the Farmer's 
Market, too. 

"I walk my dog Baiser every week down 
to the market," Dowdle says. "I enjoy 
seeing the same people all the time and 
I also like to buy fresh produce to cook 

Though few students have discovered 
the market, most, like Turnage, leave 
as advertisers. "I'd highly recommend 
anyone to go check it out. The people 
are extremely interesting, and you can 
even try a little goat cheese for free. Try 
it.. .You might like it." 

Story by Alan Wheat 

Allegra Dowdle. a junior 

from Starkville reaches into 

a box of fresh peppers The 

booth owners recognize 

Dowdle as a frequent 

market visitor 

Photo by Christy Dyess 

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Like most of the displays during Hattiesburg Art Walks, this 

one draws viewers away from the festival-like atmosphere 

outside and into soft lighting and contemplation. Art Walks 

were created as a forum for artists and viewers of the same 

city or region to discuss life, emotions, aesthetics, or plain 

old southern living in a casual and celebratory manner. 

While some artists may be lucky enough to sell items to fuel 

future works, most are simply happy to get their pieces out 

there and see the pleased faces of their viewers. 

54 Coast and Community | Art Walk 

Fall '09 

Many different types of art forms grace each 

Art Walk, be they painting, sculpture, music. 

poetry, or photography In this gallery, a simple 

set of hand-thrown ceramic works in a variety 

of glazes delight patrons 

Greg Gandy, a freshman Painting major from Madison, 
Mississippi, made sixty dollars at his booth located in 
Southbound Bagels. The Honors College sponsored him and 
other artists from the college to perform and display their work 
at Southbound. Those students included Beth Richardson, 
Samantha Nix, Elizabeth Maloy, Zoe Beckham, Bradley 
Warshauer, Samuel Zeanah, and Brittney Rosella 

Soft October light filters down through the trees and 
windows of Downtown Hattiesburg. There are tables set 
up in the middle of the road and on either side, with bins 
of photographs and piles of curiosities scattered about. 

A local band plays from the meridian of 
the road, and local artists of every stripe — 
student, professional, or otherwise — are 
smiling, chatting, sharing; welcome to the 
Hattiesburg Art Walk. From black and white 
photographs to colorful Asian-inspired 
paintings, each artist showcased their 
individual style and work. "Some people 
think the closest place to get good art is 
New Orleans," says Kate Shirley, a senior 
Marketing major from Hattiesburg. "I think 
there's a lot of talented people here." 

One of those talented people is Beth 
Alexander of Little Rock, Mississippi. A 
junior Broadcast Journalism major, she 
brought her best photographs to the Art 

Walk in hopes of selling a few of her best 
works. It was her first experience with the 
event and when asked about her take on 
the Art Walk she replied, "I think it's a great 
way to add variety to your life. I've walked 
around and seen things that I've never 
seen before." 

Second year Art Walk attendee Greg 
Gandy, a freshman Painting major from 
Madison, Mississippi, also perused other 
artists' work before going to sell his own. 
"It's a very culturing experience. It's good 
for reflection," he says, bobbing his head 
slightly to the growing sounds of music 
The crowd is a diverse one, comprised of 

older Hattiesburg residents, students, a 
handful of children and even a few family 
dogs. "I saw a lot of the kids really get 
excited about it." says Jillian Etheridge. 
a sophomore Theatre major from 
Ridgeland. Mississippi. "Children today 
need art." 

Story by Divah Griffin 
All photos by Christy Dyess 

Art Walk 55 


local bands 

playing their hearts out 

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he Thirsty Hippo is squeezed 
between two vacant buildings 
in Downtown Hattiesburg- 
old, historic-looking buildings, 
ruined now but with evidence 
of former glory. The businesses that now 
occupy these old buildings, such as the 
Hippo, provide Downtown Hattiesburg with 
a sense of historic charm, beauty in the 
archeological sense-a small but diverse 
collective of shops, bars, and restaurants 
that make Hattiesburg a hidden treasure of 
the South. 

From the outside, the Hippo looks as if it's— 
at best-a small, regulars-only pub that sees 
no more than ten patrons a night. Entering 
the small hallway that opens up to a large 
dance floor and stage lit up by streams of 
Christmas lights and then opens up to an 
even larger courtyard, it becomes apparent 

why the Hippo is rightly regarded as one 
of the most alluring spots in town. The 
stage isn't raised; it's just a sectioned off 
area of the dance floor marked by a large 
weathered rug, home to frequent intimate 
performances by traveling acts and local 

Thanks in large part to the success of 
venues like the Hippo, the Hattiesburg 
music scene is exploding. "The growth is 
exceptional," says Sam Zeanah, a senior 
Radio-Television Production major from 
Gulf Shores, Alabama, and founder of Sam 
Zeanah Band. "There are so many great 
musical acts now that the music scene 
has almost outgrown the available venues 
in Hattiesburg. There's so much room for 
venue growth." Indeed, several popular 
bands have sprung up in recent years 
in Hattiesburg, many of whom include 

Southern Miss students. 

Red Hill City, winner of the 2008 Battle 
of the Bands put on by SMAC, formed in 
2004 and has since released one EP and 
one full-length album of addicting indie rock 
tunes that earned them the opening spot at 
Eaglepalooza in November. The Petticoat 
Junkies have enjoyed some success 
with their country-rock fusion by playing 
multiple opening spots for folk rock band 
the Mountain Goats and Sony recording 
artist Kaki King. Matthew Funches, a 
pianist and gospel singer since childhood, 
frequently performs at Java Werks, a local 
coffee shop. The Sam Zeanah Band was 
formed in January 2008, when singer- 
guitarist-songwriter Sam Zeanah wanted 
a band to perform an array of pop-rock 
songs he had been writing for four years 
prior. Their addition to the Hattiesburg 

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music scene was speedy, as they played 
shows at Bennie's Boom Boom Room 
and the Thirsty Hippo and recorded and 
released a full-length album within the first 
few months after their formation. Charmed 
I'm Sure, originally from the Jackson area, 
relocated to Hattiesburg when its members 
began attending Southern Miss. They have 
toured many venues in the region, winning 
over fans with their danceable alternative 

Not far from the Thirsty Hippo in Downtown 
Hattiesburg, the neon lights of the Saenger 
Theatre shine. "The Saenger is my 
favorite place to perform," says Matthew 
Funches, a junior Entertainment Industry 
major from Sumrall, Mississippi who leads 
an eponymous band of his own. "Our 
performance there was particularly great 
because we were volunteering for the 

Family Network Partnership." Funches 
calls his music a mix of neo-Soul and Rock, 
among other genres, and says he tries to 
create meaningful music. "Time has taught 
me that experience is key in the music 
industry and that your music is a window to 
your heart, your soul. The meaning of music 
for me really clicked when I was involved in 
an almost fatal car accident. After that, my 
music went to a whole new level." 

Not far away from the Saenger, housed 
inside an old Coca-Cola facility, music fans 
pack the Bottling Company amid bright 
lights and heavy rock beats. A combined 
restaurant and venue, the Bottling 
Company attracts popular big-name 
bands to the Hattiesburg market. "I listen 
to a variety of music," says Robin Ray, a 
senior Journalism major from Shubuta, 
Mississippi. "The best part about the 

Bottling Company is the variety of shows. 
I've seen everyone from Saliva to Black 
Stone Cherry to Cowboy Mouth there." 

Back across downtown Hattiesburg, Laura 
Messer stands amid a growing crowd 
at the Thirsty Hippo as the band starts 
to perform, with driving guitar rhythms 
and flowing drums. The students on the 
barstools beside the performance space 
lean back and take everything in. Those on 
the dance floor begin to sway to the music. 
"I love this place," she says. "It's been my 
favorite spot for four years now. You can 
guarantee that the music is going to be 
different and enjoyable. It's a fun, exciting, 
different experience every time." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 

with contributions from Samuel Zeanah 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 

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Patrick L&ighlin. a sophomore International Business and 
French rrrajorfrom Pearl River. Louisiana, hugs the wall as 
he navigates the famous canals of Venice. Study Abroad 
constantly jeads students to push the outer boundaries of 
their persinal'pomfort zones. 
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students study abroad 

What is Southern Miss Study Abroad? It's 
musicians in Austria, writers in France, 
theologians in India. It's learning from veterans, 
American and otherwise, in Vietnam. It's study 
in Mexico, Costa Rico, or Canada; in the glassy 
waters of Jamaica or the modern depths of 
Australia. It's getting lost among the canals in 
Italy. Southern Miss stretches beyond borders, 
over horizons, and across the breadth of the 




udy Abroad 59 



Yvette Barr steps off one of the 
longest plane rides of her life and 
sets foot, if not on French soil, 
then at least on French tarmac. 
She'll be here for a semester, living and 
learning at the Abbey of Pontlevoy...when 
she's not traveling around the country or 
the continent in her free time. 

"I've done British Studies," said Barr, a 
junior Advertising major from Gautier, 
Mississippi. "I'm excited to work on my 
French, though. It starts getting exciting 
when you first hear people speaking with 
a new accent... or in a new language. You 
see new architecture and a whole new 
environment altogether." 

A Southern Miss education isn't just a 
collection of facts gathered in Hattiesburg 
classrooms and lecture halls: for those 
with the ambition, our university offers 
countless avenues of education that can 
take you from the banks of the Thames to 
the riverbeds of Vietnam. Study Abroad is 
becoming a larger and larger component 
of the Southern Miss experience, not only 
because of the scope and diversity of 
programs offered, but also because of the 
glowing recommendations given by those 
students who have experienced these life- 
changing opportunities. 

Programs like British Studies or Vietnam 
Studies offer Study Abroad experiences 
that effectively supplement traditional 
instruction in Hattiesburg with summer 
programs spent immersed and invested 
in a foreign culture. Other programs allow 
students to spend either a semester at the 
Abbey in Pontelevoy, France or up to a 
year at a foreign university. 

"I love languages. That's why I chose 
my major," said Melissa Lang, a senior 
International Studies and Spanish major 
from Daphne, Alabama, currently enrolled 
in the University of Alcala, Spain. "Learning 
Spanish in the United States three times 
a week wasn't going to bring me to the 
level of fluency that I wanted... I had to 
completely immerse myself in the language 
and culture." 

"Study abroad in Orleans is such a gigantic 
thing that it's probably going to require years 
to understand everything that I've seen or 
felt," said Laura Messer, a senior French 
and Public Relations major from Gautier, 
Mississippi, who has been studying abroad 
at the University of Orleans in France. "In 
the beginning, each dialogue in French is 
a victory... as the semester's advanced, it's 
beautiful to notice not only my improvement 
in the language, but the growing normalcy 
of it all." 

"I did British Studies thrice as a student... 
now, eighteen years running as a teacher," 
admitted Dr. Andrew Wiest, a professor of 
History and Director of International Studies 
in addition to being something of a Study 
Abroad alumni. In addition to teaching 
World War II, one of the largest and most 
popular classes on British Studies, Wiest 
also founded the award-winning Vietnam 
Studies program. 

"As a student, it changed my life. I was 

60 Coast and Community | Study A 

Students have examined 

the ins and outs of 

Europe, including this 

striking vantage of the 

unique blue-domed 

tips throughout the Oia 

community in Santorini, 


A view of a beautiful, 

sunny day in Oxford, 

England, outside the 

residence of a student's 


Yvette Barr, a junior 

Advertising major from 

Gautier, Mississippi, sits 

in the windowsill of her 

room in Pontlevoy. Visible 

through the window is 

the Pontlevoy chapel, 

connected to the rest of 

the 16th century abbey. 

Sights and memories 

come in every shape 

and color, including this 

memorable and vibrant 

Venezuelan plaza. 

Paul Saputo, a senior 
Psychology major from 
New Orleans, photographs 
this native of a nameless 
village near Cheboksary, 
the capital of the Chuvash 
Republic of Russia 

The archway of Sacre Coeur 
a famous chapel in Pans. 
France, as expenenced by 
Southern Miss student Laura 
Messer a senior French and 
Public Relations major from 
Gautier. Mississippi 

Immersion in a new 
culture can bring with 
it wonderful new sights 
and experiences: this 
skateboarder was 
photographed by a 
Southern Miss student in 
the heart of London 

a junior when I went, and it made me a 
different person. You go and you're the 
resident of a small town like Hattiesburg 
and suddenly you find yourself in London 
and thinking about going to Germany on 
the weekend. It transformed what I thought 
about myself. That's why I keep going," 
Wiest said. "I want to see it have that effect 
on other people." 

Ultimately, students study abroad for their 
own reasons, and the best Study Abroad 
experiences come from a motivation and 
willingness to explore the strange new 
world they've chosen to embrace. 

"Everyday, I interact with something new, 
or at least new to me," said Lang. "What 
really shapes the rest of your life is the 

time spent making new friends, traveling, 
exploring the town, making mistakes... 
things you can't plan." 

"I couldn't just sit in the classroom anymore, 
hypothesizing French situations; I had 
to come to Orleans and become familiar 
with a language that intrigued and scared 
me," said Messer. "I can't be sure what this 
will do for my future or my career, but I'm 
positive it's something worthwhile. There's 
no place like home," she decided, "but 
there's also nothing like being abroad." 

"There's a billion stories about students 
that I've heard and even been part of in 
Study Abroad," said Wiest. "You can't go 
as many years as I've gone and not have 
seen damn near everything. We've had 

a girl run off and join the circus in Britain. 
Students go over there and find themselves 
in wonderful ways. For me. I remember 
going to the British National Archives when 
I was a student. I opened up the first box of 
papers, and there was an original document 
signed by Winston Churchill. That's when 
the light went off above my head." 

From the pastoral graces of the Abbey 
to the modernity of London or the distant 
reaches of Vietnam. Dr. Wiest's statement 
rings true: Southern Miss students across 
the world are discovering themselves in 
wonderful new ways. 

Story by Elliott Freeman 
All photos submitted by International Studies 

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Community members lined up for the opportunity to meet Mr. Haise 
at the conclusion of his lecture. Haise, a Biloxi native, reveled in 
the opportunity to return to his childhood home and recount his 

Fred Haise shared his extraterrestrial experiences with an audience at the Gulf Park campus. Haise 
was a lunar pilot for the famed Apollo 13 crew, logging 142 hours and 54 minutes in space. 

62 Coast and Community | Fred Haise 

red Haise is an American success 
story, a young man from Biloxi who 
lived his dream — flying into space 
during the early days of NASA. 
During the Issues + Answers Lecture 
Series hosted on the Coast campus, Haise 
shared his story and his vision of America's 
future in space during his presentation, 
"The Space Program: Past Experience and 
Future Perspective." 

"The technology we have today could get 
us to Mars," Haise says. "We've got to get 
propulsion to enable those bigger leaps." 

Haise, who traveled on Apollo 13, the 
attempted moon-landing that was aborted 
after an explosion in an oxygen tank, says 
that space travel should be of interest to all. 
"Mission specialists can fly into space with 
almost any college major," he says. All it 
takes to literally reach the stars, he says, is 
the right commitment and leadership. He 
says that the best advice he can give to 
students is to find out what they're good 
at, then choose a career that utilizes their 

Haise traveled a long way from Biloxi 
and had experiences few can share. 
He's suffered burns across his body after 
a plane crash and helped guide the first 
space shuttle during its early test flights on 
the back of a large transport plane. "You 
can't see the 747," he says. "You get a 
magic carpet ride." 

It's not surprising that Fred Haise's 
ultimate dream involves space travel, and 
the development of the ability to move 
people to other planets one day. "It's not 
unfathomable, " he says, "that we could find 
another place that could hold the human 
race." Until that day, Fred Haise's mission 
in life is to educate others and instill in them 
a passion for the uncharted and untamed 
depths of space and all the wonders that 
could be out there, just waiting to be seen 
for the very first time by new eyes. 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 
Photos submitted by USM Public Relations 

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August 29th, 2005. The winds and tides of 
Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Park 
campus of Southern Miss on the Coast. 
Three and a half years later, the coastal 
campus is still battered, but working to 
renew itself, and there's 
a new addition dedicated 
to remembrance and 
understanding of this natural 

Meet Dr. Raymond Scurfield. 
While originally a specialist 
in war trauma, Dr. Scurfield 
has recently applied his 
doctorate in Social Work to 
the comparative study of the 
impacts of war and natural 
disasters on the human 
psyche. When the university 
founded the Katrina Research 
Center, or KRC, Dr. Scurfield 
was quickly chosen to direct 
the center. 

His days are busy ones: 

in addition to his regular 

duties as both a professor 

and director of the Katrina 

Research Center, Dr. 

Scurfield serves as President 

of the Gulf Coast Faculty 

Council, a senator for the 

university's faculty senate, 

and a member on countless 

boards and committees. 

He has also doubled as the 

Gulf Park campus' counselor ever since 


"I volunteered to be the counselor to give 

students, faculty and staff a counseling 
resource on-site rather than 75 miles away 
in Hattiesburg," said Dr. Scurfield. Service 
to others has always been at the forefront 
of his life, and, according to him, formed 

the basis for his career in social work: "I 
was always people-oriented," Scurfield 
admitted, "I went on active-duty as an Army 
social worker immediately upon receiving 

my master's degree, and within nine months 
I was serving on a team in Vietnam treating 
psychiatric casualties." 

Dr. Scurfield's current driving passion is 
locating "the nexus between 
war and natural disasters in 
terms of impact, experience 
and healing." His accolades 
include several recent 
efforts towards locating 
and articulating that nexus 
of experiences. Perhaps, 
however, the deepest and 
sincerest appreciation 

comes from Dr. Scurfield's 
colleagues at the Katrina 
Research Center. 

"He's played a vital role in 
not only the direction and 
leadership of the KRC. but 
also to our understanding of 
and working with trauma." 
said Dr. JamieAten. Assistant 
Director of the KRC and 
an assistant professor of 
Counseling Psychology for 
Southern Miss. "Dr. Scurfield 
has put his stamp on the 
literature for professional 
helpers, and has greatly 
contributed to the way 
mental health professionals 
provide services to trauma 

"He supports members of the KRC and 
allows each of us to pursue our personal 
goals," said Dr. Deanne Nuwer. "His actions 
take him on many paths, but the aim is 
always the same. Ray is dedicated to the 
recovery of the Gulf Coast." 

"Hopefully, the KRC will provide an on-going 
and significant role in this as the natural 
repository and center of learning for such 
because of our location and what Southern 
Miss has to offer here on the Gulf Coast." 
said Dr. Scurfield. "The bottom line, for me. 
is that of course Katrina was and is a life- 
changing event for tens if not hundreds-of- 
thousands of residents of the Gulf Coast. 
We have much to remember, and much to 

Story by Elliott Freeman 
All photos submitted by Public Relations 

A man not easily deterred. 
Dr Raymond Scurfield works 
amongst the debns left by 
Hurricane Katrina in the same 
location where his desk used 
to sit 

Coast and Community Professor Spotlight 65 

Will Thompson, a senior 
Marine Biology major, works 
in the molecular biology lab 
at the Gulf Coast Research 
Lab Ocean Springs campus. 
Janna Rocker, a master's 
graduate student, looks toward 
the camera as Will runs PCR 

USM's state-of-the-art facilities 

Though Southern Miss holds many 

learning opportunities, most students 

don't know that the university's reach 

goes far beyond its classrooms. 

Research and educational programs 

have been offered for Southern Miss 

students at the Gulf Coast Research 

Laboratory in Ocean 

Springs, Mississippi 

since 1 988. The newest 

addition to Southern 

Miss' coastal research 

complex, the 224 acre 

Thad Cochran Marine 

Aquaculture Center, 

was completed around 

three years ago and 

has been used for 

educating eager minds 


The center is using a marine shrimp 
commercial grow-out prototype. This 
process will find a way to treat and 
prevent diseases that ruin shrimp 
production, a major resource affecting 
the economy of the Coast. 

For those students 
majoring in Marine 
Biology like Will 
Thompson, a senior 
Marine Biology major 
from Huntsville, 
Alabama, the 

invaluable hands- 
on experience they 
receiveresearching in 
one of the top facilities 
for aquaculture in the 
country is nothing 
short of amazing. 
"A lot of the research 
isn't just you sitting 
in the lab. We go out on boats," says 
Thompson. "We research how to 
effectively control and deal with 
disease outbreak. It's the number one 
problem with shrimp farming," he adds. 



how to 


control and 

deal with 


outbreak. It's 

the number 

one problem 

with shrimp 


Beyond marine life, the 
coastal complex also 
houses and supports 
research on both birds 
and insects, to name 
just a few. "I really feel 
that anybody going into 
biology should know 
about this. There are 
resources down there 
that we don't have 
in Hattiesburg," says 
Madison Walker, a junior 
Marine Biology major 
from Pensacola, Florida. 
"It gives you the chance 
to meet students from 
across the country," she 

"Top of the line": it 

describes both the facility 

and the faculty, not to 

mention the research 

being conducted there. 

By combining cutting 

edge techniques and a 

knowledgeable staff, the 

Gulf Coast Research 

Laboratory is working, every day, 

to give new and invaluable real-life 

experience to those students who 

choose to take advantage of one of 

Southern Miss' hidden gems. 

Story by Divah Griffin 
All photos submitted by Will Thompson 

Ryan Parson, a graduate 
student from Mobile, takes a 
hemolymph sample from a 
fiddler crab to check for White 
Spot Syndrom Virus 
(WSSV) at the GCRL Disease 
Research Laboritory. 

John Anderson, Senior Technician for the Center 
for Fisheries Research, reaches with a net to 
check the progress of a shrimp run at the Thad 
Cochran Aquaculture Facility at USM's Cedar 
Point Research Site. 

Mrs. Nancy Brown-Peterson, a 
Research Associate at the Gulf 
Coast Research Lab. teaches 
a graduate student the art of 

Gulf Coast Research Lab 67 

teaching, Iearning5vj 
loving, living 


Most of your average, everyday students at tl 
Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss feel like 
they have it rough. Twelve to eighteen hours of 
class, tons of homework, papers galore and, 
please no, a part-time job in retail! But there 
are students out there who go beyond that. 

Bump that part-time job up to a full-time one at a 
hospital, for example. Now, add a spouse and kids to 
the equation and it gets even rougher. So it's impossible 
for a full time student who is double majoring, married 
with two kids, all while being on active duty in the 
military and having to commute to Hattiesburg a few 
times a week, right? Impossible? Students at Southern 
Miss' Gulf Coast campus are doing the impossible 
every day. 

Alison Williams is a double major in Business 
Administration and Biological Sciences. In addition 
to double majoring, she is also in the Honors College 

and will likely graduate Summa Cum Laude. But 
this is only a small part of who Alison is. She is 
also a married mother of twins who was honorably 
discharged from the military and is now working at 
the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Biloxi. Her husband is 
still in the military and, when he's deployed, it creates 
even more hardships for Alison. Her success, she 
says, can be attributed to an excellent drive. "I plan 
as much as possible and try to prepare for as much 
as possible." Although, she points out, as soon as 
one of the twins gets sick, or she herself does, that 
all goes out the window. But she has help, without a 
doubt, (story continued) 

68 Coast and Community | Not-So-Everyday Students 

Leslie Lyons, a Nursing student 
and mother of two college-aged 
children of her own, deals with all 
the issues of managing a family 
in addition to her studies 
Photo submitted by Public Relations 

Not-So-Everyday Students 69 

Alison Williams, despite a hectic class 
schedule, still makes time to read to her 
two small children. Williams is pursuing a 
double-major in Business Administration 
and Biological Sciences. 

"The thing that has helped me the most has been 
a great support system," said Alison. "My husband 
helps out a lot at home, and during the various 
times that he has had to deploy, my mom or my 
mother-in-law would take the twins for a couple of 
weeks to give me a break." Although Alison doesn't 
have much spare time, she takes advantage of it 
to read, listen to music, or spend time with her 

Alison isn't alone in her extraordinary efforts in 
education. Leslie Lyons, like Alison, is a student 
on the Gulf Coast campus, albeit in the nursing 
program. Leslie is also married with two kids, 
both of whom are in college now. In addition to 
this, Leslie works full time at the Ocean Springs 
Hospital in the Clinical Quality Department. Her 
husband is a registered nurse at Singing River 
Hospital. Leslie graduated from Mississippi Gulf 
Coast Community College in 1988 after spending 
one semester at Southern Miss in 1984. 

"I was a big ol' baby and came back home at 
Christmas. No problem with grades, I was just 
a homebody," she said. Leslie returned to the 
college world right after Katrina, but found school, 
work, and getting two kids ready to graduate high 
school, all while in a FEMA trailer, was a daunting 
task. So she dropped the classes only to return 
once life had calmed down. Much like Alison, it's 
those around Leslie who help out. "[My husband] 
is extremely supportive of my efforts in 

going back to college." 

Obviously, life as a student isn't as 
stereotypical as some may think. It's not 
all part-time jobs, regular classes, and a 
party here and there. Some people have to 
worry about full-time jobs, bills, houses, and 
families. They have to make a lot of sacrifices 
to make it happen. Alison occasionally has to 
have family watch over the kids to make sure 
she can finish her work or even have time to 
breathe. Having two kids in school as well as 
being a student yourself, like Leslie, can also 
be daunting. 

"You can bet I don't spend my spare time 
eating out," said Leslie. But the overarching 
goal for all students, hardships or not, is to 
better themselves and their family, through 
a degree. "I've always wanted that Southern 
Miss degree," said Leslie, "so 24 years later, 
I'm back at it." 

Story by Alan Wheat 
All photos submitted by Public Relations 

70 Coast and Community | Not-So-Everyday Students 

Lyons, hard at work at her 
fulltime job in the Clinical 
Quality Department of 
Ocean Springs Hospital 

Not-So-Everyday Students 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 


Think about it. These are the guiding words that shape our academic experience from 
the outset: think about it. Simple enough instructions, but infinitely applicable: as 
much to a plate as to Plato, a dancer's arching spine to a new language. We acquire 
thoughts through education: some shamelessly borrowed from our professors, 
others self-made through the singular process of contemplation, but getting these 
thoughts is only halfway to victory. We take these raw thoughts and shape 
them into something: an essay or a painting, a thesis or a new polymer. 
Ultimately, that is the divide: different products, but united in thought, in 
inquisition, in the pursuit of newer and stranger knowledge. We are five 
colleges and one university; five facets to a greater gem. We are a 
hundred different ways to look at any given thing, a hundred different 
answers to a single question; each correct, each valid, each 
relevant. We are creation and analysis, creativity and 
criticism. We are producers and consumers from 
several hundred disciplines, the Arts and 
Academics of Southern Miss. 

72 Arts and Academics I Intro 

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Arts and Academics Introduction 73 

As the wind rushes past a Southern Miss 
student at the entrance to campus, he 
can hear the cascade of water bursting 
upward past the air, followed by its 
descent into the fountain below. Although 
this landmark on campus is a wonder to 
visit, the student continues on because 
his destination lies a little further. With 
an upward glance, he sees the towering 
building ahead: four entrances, one 
facing each direction, and a copper-plated 
dome atop clean, white columns. The 
Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building 
holds the answer to any predicament 
that a student may come across, housing 
the highest offices of the university. 

74 Arts & Academics I Administration 

From the southernmost entrance, one 
finds oneself presented with a small 
collection of doors. One entrance stands 
out at first glance: The Office of the 
President. Named to the office in April 
2007, Dr. Martha Saunders has already 
become a fixture at Southern Miss, infinitely 
dedicated to her alma mater. On any given 
day, Dr. Saunders could be traveling the 
country, chatting with students, or racing 
from one meeting to another. 

"The work of a president is varied," said 
Dr. Saunders, her smile bright and honest. 
"This job is good for someone with a short 
attention span," she jokes. Early mornings 
represent her only chance of fitting in 
personal activities, from engaging in mind- 
cleansing yoga to just getting the chance to 
read the morning paper. Even with starting 
early, alone-time can be hard to come by. "I 
don't get nearly enough time to think," said 
Dr. Saunders. "I need some more reflection 
time." Among her many accomplishments 
each day, she also strives to connect with 
the students at Southern Miss in their 
environment. "Sometimes I eat in the Fresh 
Food Company by myself and wait to see 
who will sit with me. I always find students 
who are willing to sit and chat." 

Photo by Erin Wojtala 

Administration 75 

Having attended Southern Miss, Dr. 
Saunders can connect with and express to 
students the possibilities of this university. 

"When I was young, I had these big ideas 
for myself, and I thought that Southern Miss 
could get me where I wanted to go," said 
Dr. Saunders. "I never regretted it. I got 
a good education, but I got more than just 
an education. I got confidence." Between 
excellent academics and a beautiful 
campus, Southern Miss had for Dr. 
Saunders — and still retains — an extremely 
positive atmosphere for its students to 

"I think there is a real 'can do' spirit here," 
commented Dr. Saunders. "We believe in 
ourselves." For the rest of her tenure as 
President of Southern Miss, Dr. Saunders 
would like to continue to work on many 
matters at hand for the university. "I 
would like to create a climate of academic 
success — a place where people can 
believe in themselves academically," 
said Dr. Saunders. "I also would like to 
strengthen the bonds with the community 
and economic development to enable us to 

build our image nationwide." 
After noticing the President's office, 
a twist of the body will reveal another 
important destination: The Office of the 
Vice President of Student Affairs. Dr. 
Joe Paul, a veteran of Southern Miss 
who is rarely seen without a grin on his 
face, finds enjoyment in his job as head 
of student affairs by connecting with the 
students of the university. 

"Everyday I try to get out and walk the 
campus," said Dr. Paul. "I like talking 
to students. You can't serve those you 
don't know," he adds, with a triumphant 
smirk. And Dr. Joe Paul does just that. 
Students across campus know him for 
the personal touch he adds to his job 
and his seemingly endless capacity to 
recall names and information about any 
student he's ever met. 

"I think one of the unique strengths of 
USM is that it creates an environment 
where students are comfortable being 
themselves," observed Dr. Paul. "I see 
all sorts of people doing different kinds of 
things around campus. The only peer 

pressure at USM is the pressure to 
be your best self." 

As his time at Southern Miss 
comes to a close, Dr. Joe Paul 
has a goal in place to accomplish 
before his exodus: "I've been here 
a long time, and I plan to end my 
career over the next five years," 
said Dr. Paul. "I would like to do 
so by replacing 60%-70% of our 
residence halls. We began with 

76 Arts & Academics I Administration 

the construction of a ninety bed 

dorm that will open fall of 2010." 

His vision is to catapult Southern 

Miss' campus into the 21 st century. 
"I would also like to see us have 

one, but most likely two, multilevel 

parking garages,' 

said Dr. Paul. 

Beyond capital improvements and 
amenities, Dr. Paul also spoke 
of leaving a lasting impact on the 

student community. "With the environment 
for student life, I want to see us become the 
safest campus around the nation. I would like 
to also maintain a civil academic community 
where all students respect one another." 

Follow the corridor down and up the 
staircase; the next stop you come to is the 
Office of the Provost. Recently transferred 
from Appalachian State University, Dr. 
Robert Lyman came to Southern Miss with 
passion and an open mind. Most people 
understand the roles of the President and 
other major officials, but the role of the 
Provost is less clear. 

"The Provost is the Vice President 
for Academic Affairs, responsible for 
curriculum and the faculty," explained 
Dr. Lyman. "It is my job to observe the 
operations of the colleges on campus, 

making sure they are working at a quality 
level." In just a short amount of time, Dr. 
Lyman has already come to appreciate the 
unique atmosphere surrounding Southern 
Miss. "My favorite part about the campus 
is the congeniality of the people, along 
with the quality of the faculty and staff and 
the receptiveness of the students." Prior 
to working in the administration realm, 
Dr. Lyman served as a faculty member 
in the Psychology department at various 
universities, including a lengthy stint at his 
alma mater, The University of Alabama. "I 
was actually always part of academics," 
said Lyman. "I worked at a medical school 
and was part of the academic sector." 

Inthefuture, Dr. Lyman hasmanyvisions for 
Southern Miss' academics. "I would like to 
reduce administrative barriers to students' 
progress. I'd like to do so by increasing 
financial and personnel resources available 
to improve our academic mission. We need 
to build on our strengths, such as our quality 
undergraduate programs as well as our 
graduate programs." He also sees many 
opportunities hidden around the Southern 
Miss campus: "I encourage all students to 
explore everything the university has to 
offer. I would love to see students who are 
really engaged by a field of study they would 
not have known about before," said Lyman. 

"I encourage students to be adventurous." 

During the descent from the upper level, 
a sense of comfort fills the student. This 
student realizes now just how reliable 
and competent the leaders of Southern 
Miss are; willing to aid anyone, anywhere, 

Story by John Ban 

loto by Leah Bryan 

Dr. Robert Lyman 


Administration 77 

White-backed like an egg- 
shell, bright blue cushion: 
you've probably passed it, 
never giving it a second 
thought. It's just a chair beside a window 
in the Liberal Arts Building. Sometimes, 
people sit there. Sometimes they don't. 
But all around it, there's a world going 
on: learning, growing, expanding. 

Brandon Porter, a junior Film major from 
Meridian and a commuter from the Coast 
campus, sits there between classes. "You 
know," Porter says as he closes his orange 
textbook, looking out through a thin haze, 
"a clock would be nice here. You just don't 
know how much time has passed while 
you've been reading." Those sitting around 
Porter nod in agreement, each of them pursuing 
different degrees. 

Any number of different majors filter through 
the building and towards the chair on any 
given day. The College of Arts and Letters 
is itself the largest of the university's five 
schools: Advertising, English, History, Music, 
Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, and 
arts of every stripe make it up. The liberal arts 
form the foundation of college education, so 
any major, from Biology to Accounting, can 
find themselves sitting in that very chair. 

"I like coming here rather than going to the 
library," says Jessica Fricke, a junior English 
major from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. "It's 
comfortable, there's good lighting, and it's 
close to my classes. I meet people here all 
the time." 

Junior Marketing major Bailey Brupacher 
of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, stands off 
to the side of the table and stares at the 
nearest chair. "I actually don't study here, 
but I do like to sit and watch people." 

Watching. Waiting. Studying. Reading. 
There's an air about the chair: peaceful, 
reflective. Every day, it's something new: a 
place to sit, or a footrest, or a place to layyour 

"I love using this place for my break before 

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class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays," out and see other students. I can see them, 

says Angela Renee White. She smiles, ges- and they can't see me." 

tures to the windows. "I wish there were Story by Elliott Freeman and Bradley Warshauer 
more places like this. I like being able to look 

Angela White, a junior Child Development major 
from Greenville, Mississippi, watches the activity 
on campus from the chair on the second floor of 
the Liberal Arts Building. 
Photo by Erin Wojtala 

78 Arts & Academics | College of Arts and Letters 

College of Arts and Letters 79 

school of art and design 

If you walk down to the George Hurst 

building and look at the front of Jim Meade's 

office door, you'll see post cards from gallery 

shows, old newspaper articles, and a list of 

students who have gone from the USM Art 

Department to places like 

Oxford, England and UCLA. 

One August afternoon, there 

was a handwritten note 

taped over the door knob. 

The note was from Jamie 

Spinello, a former student 

stopping by Meade's office to 

visit. "I'm sorry I missed you, 

Mr. Meade," Spinello wrote, 

relating how she was still 

making it as a studio artist in 

San Francisco. "Thanks for 

being such a great teacher." 

Jim Meade has been teaching 
for 43 years, guided by the 
philosophy that it is better to 
give back than to take. Though 
now a professor of Design, 
Painting, and Drawing, he has also taught Art 
History, among other subjects. His earliest 
experience with teaching came when, as a 
teenager, he gave swimming lessons every 
Saturday. From there, he continued on to 
coach football after graduating from high 
school, working to shape his students not 
just as athletes but as human beings — a 
dedication that has continued in his work as 
a professor of art. 

"Art is not an end in itself," he explains, 
"it's a constant education, a method of 
learning to problem solve, just as you 

will have to solve problems in life." Any 
student in the Art Department will tell you 
Mr. Meade's classes are not easy. "He 
expects you to get the work done," says 
Laura Creekmore, a junior Drawing and 

Painting major from Brandon, Mississippi. 
"In a field as complicated and difficult as art 
where it seems like you have to fail 10,000 
times before you can succeed... shouldn't 
he expect those 10,001 drawings?" 

"All I can teach are the fundamentals," 
Meade says. "They have to do the rest on 
their own." 

Reflecting on his career, Meade remembers 
one of his proudest achievements in helping 
to establish a study abroad program in 
Cortona, Italy for the University of Georgia. 

Meade worked as the administrator of 
the program as a graduate student in the 
1970s. "The trip changed my life," says 
Meade, speaking of the opportunity to study 
European art firsthand. Now it seems that 
half of Mr. Meade's life is 
in Italy. He has returned 16 

"Art is funny," says Meade, 
"You'll never get to the 
bottom of it." Knowing this, 
Mr. Meade's whole life is 
centered around teaching 
his students. "He knows 
how hard the field of art is 
and knows that without help, 
none of us will ever make 
it," says Monica Smith, 
a senior Painting major 
from Gulfport. Meade is in 
constant thought about his 
teaching. His instruction may 
start in a certain mindset, but 
depending on his students' 
abilities and direction, he structures his 
class based on their individual needs. Smith 
adds, "He'll bring journals to class with notes 
about our projects from when he stayed up 
at night thinking about helping us." 

Standing in his classroom, smiling, Meade 
offers his only hint about retirement: 
"They'll have to pry the chalk out of my 
shriveled hands." 

Story by Elizabeth Maloy 
All photos by Eric Huckabee 

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yes of Dance majors 

Sitting in a quiet rehearsal room, 
seven girls rack their brains to 
figure out their next pivotal move. 
This is not the middle of a game 
of chess; they are rehearsing for 
an upcoming show that they will 
both choreograph and perform. They are dance 
majors, and before long the quiet chatter grows 
still and an up-tempo beat fills the room. These 
energetic ladies glide across the floor so fast 
they seem likely to take off, jump up, and just 
not come down. 

"I just really saw something in this dance 
department," says Kellis McSparrin, a junior 
Dance major from Clinton, Mississippi, with an 
emphasis in Performance and Choreography. 
McSparrin has been dancing her entire life, 
from her first cautious steps onward. "It turns 
us into more than just dancers. We become 

And Southern Miss' Dance Department makes 
sure that every student is cultivated in their 
chosen art. Stacy Reischman, Director of the 
Dance Department, says that when it comes 
to teaching the dance students, "You have to 
come at it from many different angles. Even 
though learning technique is important, at 
the end of the day, we want their students to 
remember that they just love to dance." 

Though all of the university's dancers come 
from different walks of life, they all have two 
things in common: that vital love of dancing 
and the countless hours of practice they 
endure every day. Junior Courtney Simon 
from Jackson describes her days as a Dance 
major, starting with movement class from 
nine until four. Soon after, she's sitting in the 
aforementioned rehearsal room. "This is our 
choreography class," points out Simon, "and 
I'll be here until 8:30 tonight." Then it's on to 
rehearsals until about ten o'clock. 

Dancing is not for the faint of heart; it takes 
many hours of training and dedication to the 
sport. "Dance is not a goof-off major," says 
Rachel Rizzuto, a senior from Chalmette, 
Louisiana, who is double majoring in English 
and Dance with an emphasis in Performance 
and Choreography. "We rehearse all the time 
for company. It's just an intense major." 

This intensity is not only visible in, but essential 
to, their performances, practices, and their 
dedication to the major itself. Though most 
majors can go to class and find solace in 
counting down the minutes until its end, dance 
is a never-ending practice: motion unites with 
rhythm, and rhythm with soul, from the moment 
these dedicated few set foot out of bed to the 
late hour when they finally lay down to sleep. 

Story by Divah Griffin 

84 Arts & Academics I Behind the Scenes 

hard work both off and on the stage 

Bright lights, a big stage, and 
costumes are all things that bellow the 
unmistakable sound of Hollywood, but at 
Southern Miss this more resembles the 
Theatre Department doing what it does 
best. "It's always evolving. It's living 
art," said Adewunmi Oke, a sophomore 
Theatre major from Atlanta. "It's such a 
collaborative art form. There's so many 
people involved." Yet many people don't 
know how many people play a role in 
making Southern Miss productions a 

For example, set designers not only 
read the scripts to decide how to 
accurately portray the show, they also 
build sets from the ground up. "Usually 
we only have about five weeks to do 
every show," said technical director and 
assistant professor David Stellhom. "It's 
about telling the story, really." Stellhorn 
has been educating set designers at 
Southern Miss for five years, and sees 

the need to change with the times. 
"I try to stay informed on the newest 
technology that's out there" he said, and 
it's apparent from the loving attention 
and craftsmanship that goes into every 

One student benefiting from his 
teachings is Set Design major Elizabeth 
Newton, a graduate student from North 
Carolina. "You have to be prepared to do 
a lot of work but it's very rewarding," said 
Newton. "I really like the individualized 
program. I feel like I'm going to be 
prepared for the real world." Elizabeth is 
currently designing the set for the spring 
production, Urinetown. 

Another collegian showing off her skills is 
Geraline Lanier, a senior Theatre major 
with an emphasis in Costume Design 
from Columbus, Mississippi. Geraline 
designed costumes for the spring 
production known as The Shakespeare 

Project. "We go into production meetings 
that last weeks on end. It's a lot of work 
but with anything, if you love it enough, 
shoot for the stars," says Lanier. "I love it 
because the settings are more intimate. 
It's not meant to be mass produced," she 
says. According to her, the costumes are 
only "for that one show; that one stage; 
that one moment." 

It's obvious that these theatre students 
are being trained to become consumate 
professionals in their chosen industry. 
Their commitment on and off stage 
shows how strongly they feel about 
theatre. The simple truth is that theirs is 
a labor of utmost love: every set, every 
costume, every line spoken and every 
production completed. 

Story by Divah Griffin 
A All photos by Erin Wojtala 

Margaret Wild, a freshman 
Theatre major from New 
Orleans, reads through 
a script with fellow 
castmember Joseph 
Lopez from Mesquite. 
New Mexico, in the green 

Annie Cleveland puts on 
makeup before a showing 
of the Cherry Orchard. 
Cleveland, a sophomore 
Theatre major from 
Jackson, played Anya in 
the production. 

86 Arts & Academics I Theatre 

Michelle Taylor, a 
sophomore Theatre major 
from Slidell attaches 
plywood to the frame of 
the rotating stage for the 
production of Noises Off. 

Behind the Scenes: Theatre 87 



Freshman Andy Nance, 

a Music major from 

Jackson, rehearses a 

concerto by Mozart well 

after classes are over 

in the Fine Arts Building 





late nights 


long hours 

A talented violinist 
practices upstairs in 
the F.A.B. late into a 

Wednesday night. 

the music 

Chandler Stapleton, a junior 

Music Performance major 

from Daphne, Alabama, 

practices her bassoon late 

into the evening. 

88 Arts & Academics I Behind the Scenes 


et me tell you about dedication: 

Dedication is waking, eating, 
breathing, and sleeping with one 
guiding purpose — music. An English major 
studies english. A Physics major studies 
physics. What distinguishes a Music major, 
first and foremost, is a simple fact: they go 
beyond study. They live music. 

"It's a lot of work," admits Stephanie Stilts, a 
junior Music Education major from Thibodaux, 
Louisiana, a tired smile sneaking across her 
face. "You have to practice every day, and 
sometimes that means not letting yourself go 
to sleep until you've been down to the practice 
rooms," she says. "You have to work on 
everything, from scales to recital pieces." 

"We've got one of the best schools of music 
not only in the southeast, but in the nation," 
says Andy Nance, a freshman Music major 
from Jackson. "But it is hard to manage the 
schedule. Last fall, I didn't really understand 
how much I needed to practice. Now, it's an 
hour a day, if not two or three." 

Whether they're interested in performance 
or education, all music majors have many 
demands on their time. All are members of at 
least one band — ensembles or orchestras or 
choirs. Many play for the Pride. Some master 
a single instrument, while Music Education 
majors instead expand their competence 
to include each and every instrument in 
the standard band. No Music major can 
escape conducting at least one recital: a 
solo performance, usually close to an hour in 

length. "I chose to become a Music Education 
major because I had an amazing director in 
high school" says Stilts. "I want to affect other 
people the way he affected me." 

This desire, more than anything else, is what 
Music majors share in common: a need to 
share something they've experienced or a 
talent they've kindled. 

"My father studied voice and my mother 
studied piano," says Nance, "and now I'm 
studying piano too. The main reason, though, 
is because God gave me a talent, and I want to 
either teach others or lead people in worship." 

Story by Elliott Freeman 
All photos by Kayla Rutlegde 


The Fine Arts Building, with its first 
floor reserved for drawing and graphic 
design students and second floor 
reserved for music students, is open 
24 hours a day There is no telling 
when students might want to get in 
a couple more hours of late-night 

The Arts: Music 89 


"The goal," said James Wilcox, 
a senior International Business 
major from Biloxi and president 
of Students In Free Enterprise, 
"is really to educate students in 
the concepts of financial literacy 
and entrepreneurship, and to make 
people ready for the future." 

90 Arts & Academics | Entrepreneurship 

Wilcox stood in a Thad Cochran 
Center ballroom during the Extreme 
Entrepreneurship Tour in April amid 
crowds of students, faculty and visiting 
entrepreneurs. Wilcox talked about his 
goals as a future entrepreneur. "My desire is 
to do economic development in the future in 
the downtown area of Hattiesburg, and not 
just the business district, but empowering 
the people to let them know there's things 
they can do to make their lives better," 
Wilcox said. The College of Business has 
led the way during trying economic times, 
and events like the Entrepreneurship Tour 
are designed to help people learn how best 
to succeed despite growing challenges. 
"Entrepreneurship can help them do that," 
Wilcox said. 

The College of Business as a whole has 
undergone changes designed to help it fill 
a leadership role as Mississippi continues 
to move forward economically. In October, 
the college named Shannon Duncan 
Woodward its new director of development. 
"Shannon's connection to industry 
leaders in Mississippi will play an integral 
part in her new position in the College 
of Business," said Vice President for 

Advancement Dr. David Wolf. Dr. Lance Nail, 
dean of the College, agreed. "Shannon's 
experience in business school fundraising, 
as well as her experience in private 
industry, will take the College of Business 
development efforts to new heights," 
he said. 

Nail himself is new to the College of 
Business; he took the position of dean in 
May. "Dr. Nail comes to us with high praise 
from those with whom he has worked in the 
past," said Southern Miss President Martha 
Saunders. "He is a hardworking problem- 
solver with a strong vision for the College 
of Business." 

"President Saunders has clearly expressed 
her belief that Southern Miss and the 
Gulf Coast region deserve and demand 
a preeminent College of Business," said 
Nail. "There exists tremendous potential at 
Southern Miss, and I feel fortunate to have 
been asked to work with all of the college's 
stakeholders to develop programs and 
people in the College of Business at the 
University of Southern Mississippi." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 
All photos by Kimberly Adams 

Brandon Blakeney. a 

sophomore Business 

Administration major 

from Laurel. Mississippi. 

sits reading the Wall 

Street Journal in between 

his business classes. 

All Business majors are 

required to purchase a 

subscription to 

The Wall Street Journal. 

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92 Arts & Academics | Dr. Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong 

Dr. Yaoyuneyong stands outside her office in the 
Fashion Merchandising department in Joseph 
Greene Hall. She has taught in the department 
for two years. 

making business 

Dr. Yaoyuneyong takes a moment to look over some fabric swatches 
while preparing for an upcoming class. Textiles is one of the more 
difficult Fashion Merchandising classes. 


Coming to America as a foreign f^% n f Mll 
exchange student can be many 
things: certainly rewarding, but also 
infinitely daunting and exhilarating 
and utterly unique. For someone to 
have to go through the same thing 
as a professor, however, can be an 
even more trying experience. 

Such an exchange is often about redefining 
one's place, and there is little question as to 
where a professor's place is — at the front of the 
class. For some, though, the experience can 
prove to be truly wondrous. 

Meet Dr. Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong, a member of 
the Fashion Merchandising department located 
within the College of Business. Currently in her 
second year at Southern Miss, Dr. Yaoyuneyong, 
originally from Bangkok, specializes in textiles, 
merchandising with adolescents, and how retail 
lighting affects consumers. 

"The students and the faculty at Southern 
Miss have been very helpful with the language 

completing her 
master's degree at 
Eastern Michigan 
and her doctorate 
at Florida State, Dr. 
Yaoyuneyong said 
she fell in love with 
Southern Miss. "I 
love the hospitality 
here. It made me 
feel really welcome 
when I came for my 
visit." The hospitality 
didn't end there, 
however. "The faculty is still very helpful and 
supportive. We are very close knit, like a 

Dr. Yaoyuneyong came into her area of 
expertise by growing up with her father, 
who was in the textile industry. This led her 
to a master's in Merchandising and later 
led her into the classroom as a profesor. 
Beyond her time in the classroom, she has 
also aided in many fashion shows put on 
by the College of Business, including one 
that sent proceeds to a diabetes patient. 
"It felt good to be able to help someone by 
participating in something that we enjoy," 

Dr. Yaoyuneyong said. "I like helping students 
live their life through their potential." 

"Religion is such a big part of everyone's life 
down here; it's inspiring." After getting settled 
in the community. Dr. Yaoyuneyong found how 
beneficial and helpful fellow church-goers can 
be. "They are always trying to help out in one 
way or another; around the house, with food, 
everything." On campus, she sponsors the Phi 
Alpha Christian Organization as another way to 
help herself and her students celebrate who 
they are. 

The differences of the world ultimately simplify 
to differences of perspective, and it is the 
special privilege of those who travel to share 
their worldview and to share in the worldview 
of another culture. Driven by a passion for her 
work and for her students. Dr. Yaoyuneyong 
smiles when she reflects on her greatest 
ambition: "I just see such potential in the kids. 
I try to get them to see it too." 

Story by Alan Wheat 
All photos by Kimberly Adams 

College of Business Professor Spotlight 93 

eachiM Aoroc^ 

worldly learning while educating 



Jennifer Weir, a graduate student from Poplarville, 

Mississippi, works on a graduate paper about the 

experience of teaching students abroad before Tuesday 

Movie Night which she helps plan and sponsors. The 

movie nights function as a healthy retreat for Abbey 


Photo submitted by Yvette Barr 

94 Arts & Academics | Teaching Abroad 

Just by looking at her sipping a cup 
of coffee, it's probably obvious 
that Jennifer Weir speaks — and 
teaches — a different language. If 
the pile of French textbooks and 
reading quizzes didn't tip you off, there's 
also the fact that she's currently hanging out 
at Le Commerce in Pontlevoy, France, and 
drinking not just a coffee, but a cafe au lait. 
For the next three months, Weir, a graduate 
student from Poplarville, Mississippi, is 
spending her time at The Abbey teaching 
French 101, a gig she originally performed 
at the Hattiesburg campus this fall. 

"Originally, I worked as a program 
coordinator at The Abbey for nine months 
after obtaining my first degree at Southern 
Miss. This time, however, I'm continuing 
the teaching assistantship I started in the 
fall here." Weir completed her bachelor's 
degree in 2002 at Southern Miss and 
worked at Hattiesburg High School as a 
French teacher soon afterwards. "I decided 
to start my graduate work around the same 
time I started teaching high school: I knew 
the increase in income would really help, 
and I missed being a student." 

For Education majors who study abroad, 
learning about the cultures they inhabit is 
just as important as teaching their students. 
The College of Education and Psychology 
has a special program for Education 
majors interested in student teaching 
abroad. Students qualify for the program 
through answering a questionnaire, turning 
in recommendations, and going through a 
series of special interviews. Most of these 
students work just outside of London, 
but Weir had the special opportunity, 
through her teaching assistantship in the 
Department of Foreign Languages, to 
teach in France. 

"Of course the students are from Southern 
Miss, but our environment here is 
completely different! Suddenly, it matters 
every day if they know how to say hello, or 
how to order food. Their daily life demands 
it now, and so I'm just a little spoiled in 
terms of their interest." 

The need to use French every day isn't the 
only change for Weir. As one of only a few 
professors and administrators, Weir helps 
counsel students. "It's just the professors, 
students, and two administrators at The 
Abbey, so there are no counseling services 
or anything here. For some of these 
students, it's their first time to travel at 
all, so the culture shock has been a little 
interesting. We have to remember that 
even if we're used to studying abroad, 
these students aren't, and they may need 
our support." 

Weir is feeling a little bit of tension herself, 
even if she is experienced in traveling 
abroad. "I miss my husband," she said when 

asked about what she most longed for from 
America. To be able to take advantage of 
the opportunity to teach abroad, Weir had 
to leave her husband, their home, and even 
her favorite station for three 
months. "That's okay, though; I discovered and I even joined a local yoga 
class to help keep me focused." 

Focus is certainly something that Weir 
needs while she studies abroad at The 
Abbey. "I only really teach for forty-five 
minutes on Mondays and Wednesdays 
and for an hour and a half on Tuesdays 
and Thursdays. The rest of the time, I'm 
working on my own graduate studies or 
attending meetings." Weir has also worked 
to organize a movie night on Tuesday 
nights and an Ambassadors Series on 
Wednesday nights. "The series is really 
great for the students, because it gives 
them a venue to get out and get to know 
the people in Pontlevoy, whether they are 
artists or just the lady that works at the 
flower shop. This week, we visited a local 
vineyard, and some of the students learned 
the basics of wine tasting." 

These types of interactive teaching 
moments are common during a study 
abroad experience, and Weir herself gets 
to organize special trips just for her class. 
"There is instant access to the language 
here. My students don't have to sit in class 
and pretend to be French, they can just go to 
Le Commerce, the cafe here, and practice. 
And if we read about Degas in the textbook, 
the next weekend I can take them to see an 
actual Degas piece in Paris." Weir is also 
using this opportunity to gather materials 
for her students who may take classes on 
the Hattiesburg campus. While traveling 
and working, she is gathering numerous 
train tickets, brochures — anything she can 
get her hands on that uses the French 
language in a real, touchable way. 

From her early morning walks down a 
cobblestone street and up the two flights of 
stairs leading to her classroom, the choice 
between the dish of the day or a salad at Le 
Commerce, and the late evenings on Skype 
waiting for her husband to return from work. 
Weir is living the double life of student and 
teacher. "I spend my weeks teaching and 
grading, my weekends catching up on my 
own graduate work. But for me, it's really 
about those everyday moments, passing 
my students in the grocery store, waving 
to them from the upstairs window of the 
house I share with three other professors. 
Of course it's a great opportunity to be 
immersed in the French language again, 
but it's an even better opportunity to teach 
and to learn from everyone around me." 

Story by Samantha Nix 

College of Education & Psychology 95 

Dr. Sheree Watson, Associate 
Professor of Experimental Psychology, 
holds one of the bush babies she uses 
in her research. 


96 Arts & Academics I Dr. Sheree Watson 

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bettering psychology through bush babies 

pend enough time around 
Dr. Sheree Watson and you 
will probably get to meet a 
monkey. Dr. Watson has spent 
much of her career working with 
primates during her studies involving 
behavioral research, and she's more 
than eager to share her experiences. 

"My work with primates started when I 
was in graduate school," Dr. Watson says. 
"I worked with bush babies. Many of the 
animals that I worked with in graduate 
school were related to the very animals 
that are in my lab today. When I moved 
back to Mississippi, I had the opportunity 
to acquire some bush babies and start a 
research colony here. Southern Miss is 
home to one of only a very few bush baby 
research laboratories in the entire country." 

"Working with nonhuman primates is 

fascinating because they have very 

complex behaviors," she says. "They 

can be friendly with each other 

or aggressive toward each 

other, just like humans. 

They play with toys and 

try to solve puzzles. 

We can learn a 

great deal about 

basic primate 



by observing 

the behavior 

of bush 


The lab's bush babies are quite a handful. 
"There is a tremendous amount of work 
involved in caring for laboratory animals. 
I couldn't possibly maintain the laboratory 
without my fantastic graduate and 
undergraduate research assistants. We 
feed and water the animals and clean 
their cages every day. We also spend 
time every day just interacting with them." 

All that time spent in the lab hasn't limited 
Dr. Watson's worldview. You might say 

she has a vision. "The similarities of bush 
baby behavior to human behavior help us 
to remember that we are part of a larger 
natural world," she says. "Every creature 
develops behaviors to help it survive 
in its natural habitat 
and humans 

are no different. When you realize that all 
of God's creatures are part of a larger 
picture, it helps you maintain your 
perspective on the important things in life." 

The pursuit of pure knowledge is a part of 
that larger perspective, Dr. Watson says. 
"My greatest wish for students is that all 
of them will develop a love of learning," 
she says. "The real value in learning is in 
understanding the world and our place in it. 
The most important thing that a student can 
know is how very little they know in the vast 
universe of things that can be known. When 
you come to embrace the notion that pursuit 
of knowledge is a lifelong process, you can 
truly consider yourself a scholarly person." 
Story by Bradley Warshauer 

All photos by Christopher 

Education & Psychology Professor Spotlight 97 

A walking class circles the track above 
the volleyball courts in the Payne 
Center. The College of Health also 
offers classes such as badminton, 
tennis, yoga, and karate. Students can 
access such classes on SOAR under 
the class code HPR. 
Photo by Jennifer Sansing 


Arts & Academics 

training the health 
professionals of tomorrow 

Though to some it seems as if the College 
of Health is a small, white building nestled 
behind Joseph Greene Hall, it is actually a 
group of buildings spread throughout the 
far corners of every side of the university. 

From east to west, the College of Health 
can be seen harboring the members of 
society who will one day make medical 
breakthroughs to change the world. 
Though this is a big step, these students 
realize that they must first make changes 
in their community. Students constantly 
flock to events such as the heart, diabetes, 
and asthma walks. "We'll have these 
community-building activities to pull 
everybody together," says Interim Dean 
Michael Forster, his blue eyes lighting 
up his stern face as he boasts proudly 
about the college's involvement. Assistant 
Dean Dianne Coleman also tells of her 
experiences with the College of Health 
ambassadors who plan these events. "They 
keep me young and happy," she says. 

The students in the College of Health 
are more than happy to participate in the 
ongoing events and love the commitment 
to keeping all of the students informed. 
The College of Health sends out emails 
regularly about everything [that goes] on. 
says Whitney Saulsberry, a junior Exercise 
Science majorfrom Greenwood, Mississippi. 
"They are real professionals at what they do." 

Besides the community involvement and 
dedicated staff, the number one reason 
these students love the College of Health 
is because they love their major. After 
spending two years taking prerequisite 
courses, they can finally break away 
and jump full force into their major, much 
like junior Nursing major Manny Penton 
from Picayune, Mississippi. Though in his 
first semester of Nursing school. Penton 
has a passion for nursing that most would 
find surprising. After describing how he 
sometimes chooses between studying and 
eating, this nurse-in-training then says. 
"Nursing school has become my mistress. 
She gets jealous if I do anything else." 

It's obvious that the College of Health is 
doing something right, sending an average 
of seven hundred people into the workforce 
every year. This small, white building, 
though a mystery to most, spreads it's 
influence all over campus and makes all the 
difference in the lives of its many students 
and the lives they will one day impact. 

Story by Divah Griffin 

College of Health 99 

• : 

s & Academics I Lynn Boardman 

Lynn Boardman, director of 
the Southern Miss Speech- 
Language Clinic, works in 
the office that she shares 
with Sam. Even when he's 
not at the office working, 
Sam's pictures are proudly 




Sitting with Lynn Boardman in her office 
on a Friday afternoon, she looks every 
bit the part of the director of the Southern 
Miss Speech-Language Clinic. It's easy 
to imagine herworking passionately with 
graduate students, teaching classes, 
and organizing therapy sessions. She 
is dignified and professional. 

So it's a bit harder to imagine her in 
her old line of work — as an athletic 
trainer, working on the sideline in the 
chaos of a football game. During her 
career as an athletic trainer, Boardman 
interacted with a young man, a football 
player, with a speech impediment. The 
encounter spurred her to study speech- 
language pathology, and that calling 
resulted in one more thing that might be 
hard to imagine about Ms. Boardman, 
especially in a clinical setting. She 
brings her dog to work. 

Most dogs wouldn't consider a day at a 
clinictobeagood time, butSam isn't most 
dogs. This black Labrador Retriever is 
a trained therapy dog, registered with 
the American Kennel Club. "When he 
sees the clinic, he knows he's going 
to work," says Boardman. "He loves it." 
Sam has become a fixture within the 
clinic, and it's not uncommon to see him 
wandering through the offices, greeting 
students and staff alike as if he were 
just another member of the faculty. 

Ms. Boardman, currently in her third 
year as director, came up with the idea 
of using Sam to calm patients and put I 
them at ease. "I figured if you can use 
dogs to help in the treatment of the 
blind and deaf, why not use them with 
children? I brought him in one day, and 
he was a hit." How much of a hit? 

Ms. Boardman recalls the case of 
a young girl with a severe speech 
problem. One of the only things the 
staff could discern, they thought, was 
the phrase "I want a dog." Enter Sam. 

One year later, it's not an uncommon 
sight to see the same little girl walk 
over to the office, call Sam, and bring 
him to her therapy sessions. She 
speaks clearly now, and in complete 

But none of this good work, Ms. 
Boardman says, would be possible 
with just her and Sam. She credits the 
superb quality of the Speech-Language 
Clinic students and staff for the success 
of the program, a program that provides 
amazing experiences to patients and 
gives help and hope to those who need 
it. "I'm surrounded by great people," she 
says. Great people, and a great dog. 

Story by Jeffrey Guillot 
All Photos by Kimberly Adams 






Above: Sam and Sarah Rouse, a 
Speech Language Pathology graduate 
student from Purvis. Mississippi, bring a 
smile to Devin Miller's face. 
Right: Ms. Boardman introduces one of 
her special needs children to Sam the 
Labrador Retriever. 


College of Health Professor Spotlight 101 

involve a funny custume 

The sky's darkening as Candice White, 
president of the Forensic Science 
Society, jumps off her bike after a ride 
across campus. The junior from Meridian, 
Mississippi smiles. "Stories about forensic 
science?" she asks. "Well, my favorite 
memory is when the Forensic Science 
crew met with Dr Henry Lee. He's a 
world-renowned forensic scientist who 
has worked on some 
very high-profile cases. 
He's been on television 
and such." Her smile 
deepens. "It'd be like an 
English major meeting 
Charles Dickens or 

The program involves real-world work in 
the field of forensic science. "Students 
are required to work an internship before 
they can graduate," Bertram says. "They 
routinely do so in real crime labs. Special 
projects are available for students to 
participate in such as the Forensic 
Science Seminar At Sea and Field Study 
in Washington DC." 

The Forensic Science 
program has existed 
for years, but only recently has the 
program offered bachelor's and master's 
degrees. "The program was created about 
thirty years ago by Dr. Thames," says 
program coordinator Dean Bertram. "It 
began as a minor offered in the Polymer 
Science Department, but in 2005 we 
added a bachelor's in Forensic Science 
and in 2006 we added the master's. 
At this time about one hundred fifty 
students are enrolled in the program, 
which is housed in the Department of 
Administration of Justice." 

"As long as there 
is crime, criminal 
investigators and 
will be needed." 

Bertram is optimistic 
about the program's 
future. "It's doing great," 
he says. "It's strong 
and growing every 
semester. The program 
of the past served as 
a strong base to the 
present program. As 
for the future, our 
program directors are continually 
planning for growth. As long as there is 
crime, criminal investigators and forensic 
scientists will be needed. Our faculty 
and staff are working tirelessly to 
increase the positive experience of 
our students and give them the best 
and most technologically advanced 
information that's available. Expansions 
to the program are currently underway 
to attempt to embody all aspects of 
forensic science." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 
All photos by Leah Bryan 

Heather White, a senior double major in Biology and 
Forensic Science with an emphasis in Chemistry, heats a 
typical household spoon in preparation for an experiment. 

1 02 Arts and Academics I Forensic Science 

Jessica Clark, a senior 

Forensic Science major with 

an emphasis in Anthropology, 

lights a tea candle in one of 

Southern Miss' state of the art 

forensic science labs. 




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Dr. Douglas Masterson is seated at his 
desk in room 407B of the Bobby Chain 
Technology Center. Mountains of books 
surround him, a monstrous collection of 
chemistry texts — they describe reactions 
between compounds or the structures of 
hydrocarbons. The bindings of the books 
are worn from constant use. Life for Dr. 
Masterson is a confusion of responsibilities: 
his job in the lab and classroom, his family 
life in Petal with his wife— also a chemistry 
teacher — their two daughters and a 
beloved dog. Look past the lab goggles, 
the equations: there's always more just 
under the surface. 

Dr. Masterson began his career with a post 
doc at Vanderbilt, after earning his PhD in 
Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. 
"I worked closely with my advisor, having to 
balance between teaching and research," 
said Dr. Masterson. "My advisor was a big 
influence on my decision to teach." Now 
as a professor of organic chemistry, he 
looks for inspiration in a different place. 
"The passion that I have comes from my 
ability to work with bright students. Some 
students can challenge your views, and 
that makes it fun." 

"He's very hands-on with his students," said 
Jessica Shackleford, a senior Chemistry 
major from Senatobia, Mississippi. "He 
challenges you to get the knowledge 
yourself ratherthan giving you the answers." 
Dr. Masterson keeps an enthusiastic open- 
door policy, encouraging all of his students 
to visit to talk about class or life in general. 
"I can talk to him about everything from 
personal issues to research topics to 

"He basically 
everything I 

serious crisis topics," Shackleford said. 
"He basically taught me everything I know 
about working in a chemistry lab." 

When sitting in Dr. Masterson's office, a 
simple turn of the head will reveal a new 
aspect of his life. Side-by-side on the 
wall hang three landscape photographs 
of Miami, Oklahoma, his hometown. 
Photography is a rare pleasure for Dr. 
Masterson: "It's just something I enjoy. You 
can't explain art, you 
just know it when you 
see it," Dr. Masterson 
said. Time is a rare 
commodity for Dr. 
Masterson now, and 
he spends most of 

his time working on research regarding 
new methods of developing unnatural 
amino acids. "It becomes a part of you. I 
put everything that I have into it." 

An occasional glance toward the corkboard 
in his office gives Dr. Masterson a chance 
to reflect on his time here. Thank-you notes 
are scattered across the board. "These 
are little reminders that this is purposeful, 
and it does affect people's lives," said 
Masterson. The work of Ansel Adams — 
Dr. Masterson's favorite photographer — 
illustrates the wall calendar posted on the 
board among the many cards. A scene of 
an autumn storm near New Mexico stands 
out on the month of September page, with 
every calendar square still white and empty. 
For Dr. Masterson, it's not a schedule, but 
a reminder of how important every moment 
can be. 

Story by John Barr 

All photos by Leah Bryan 

taught me 
know about 

working in a chemistry lab." 

When not teaching class, 
Dr. Masterson can be found 
conducting research in his 
lab on campus. 

1 04 Arts and Academics | Dr. Douglas Masterson 


Or. Maslerson writes a 

reaction mechanism on a 

blackboard in class 

Dr Masterson explains a difficult 
concept as Leland Davis, a senior 
Philosophy major from Pascagoula. 
Mississippi and Ken Busby, a Molecular 
Biology major from Mobile. Alabama, 
listen attentively. 

College of Science & Technology Professor Spotlight 1 05 



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New York City in the thick 
cold of winter. Washington, 
D.C. in an orange-tinted 
autumn. Springtime spent 
in California. These are the 
extended classrooms of the Honors College, 
stretching out beyond the confines of 
Hattiesburg to explore the world at large. For 
the newest students of the Honors College, the 
opportunity for travel is a powerful motivation 
to tackle harder classes and more rigorous 

CUrrJCUlumS. Dr. Stanley Hauer's English 203, 

World Literrature class jumps for joy 

to be in front of the Supreme Court in 

Washington, D.C. 

1 06 Arts and Academics I HoCo 

The Comparitive 
Religion Honors class 
dances into a temple 
while visiting local Han 


"The best change I've seen to the Honor 
College is how the University has really 
embraced active-learning trips," said 
Stacey Ready, the Coordinator for General 
Honors. "They've given us funding because 
they see how important it is, and how 
relevant it can be. A lot of universities have 
what they call active-learning classes, but 
they just don't even compare." Active- 
learning courses combine traditional class 
instruction and thematically relevant trips, 
with the Honors College footing the bill. 
These trips run the gamut from a Broadway 
excursion in Introduction to Theater (a 
perennial favorite) to dolphin encounters in 

This fall, Dr. Stanley Hauer led his World 
Literature class on an excursion to 
Washington D.C. to see a production of 
Shakespeare's Henry IV. "We had already 
read the play in class," said Andie Szabo, 

a General Studies student from Brandon, 
Mississippi. "Watching it really brought 
the work to life. It really helped me 
understand Shakespeare. We got to 
analyze how the actors portrayed the 
characters instead of having a 'What just 
happened?' moment," Szabo joked. 

"The Honors College has shaped my 
college experience more than I thought 
it would," she confessed, "It lets me 
experience something extra. Instead of 
blending in, I've met all the other people 
who stick out. Most of all, it has gotten me 
into classes with teachers that really share 
their passion for their subjects with me." 

Passion has to be the driving force for 
the instructors of the Honors College, 
chosen from among the very best in 
their departments. Honors classes, both 
active and traditional, are known for their 
small class sizes, an increased sense 
of community, and greater levels of 
interaction — in addition to greatly increased 

"I went to D.C. with Dr. Weinauer," said 
Josh Wainwright, a junior English major 
from Mobile, Alabama. "But we went to see 
the war monuments — we were studying 
American war literature. I still remember 
the Vietnam Memorial because the statues 
there are just really inspiring. They just 
seem real, humane. It's in the eyes," he 

Travel aside, the Honors College offers 
challenging classes in traditional formats as 
well. "I can legitimately say that my Honors 
College classes prepared me for my entire 
college career," said Cordelea Haecker, 
a junior Spanish major from Magee. 
Mississippi. "Honors English kicked me 
into shape. I wouldn't be performing on the 
evel that I am now if I had never taken it." 

The Honors College is also hard at work to 
foster a greater sense of community among 
its student scholars: in addition to providing 
Honors Housing in Mississippi and 
Hattiesburg Halls, the college is working to 
move to the historical "Honors House." with 
the hopes of creating new spaces for the 
students to congregate and interact. The 
plans currently include a collection of study 
lounges and a computer lab. with hopes of 
having the move completed by next fall. 

Whatever the future holds for the Honors 
College, it has a well-earned reputation for 
excellence, both in terms of curriculum and 
students. One of the oldest programs in the 
nation, the Honors College at Southern Miss 
is growing by leaps and bounds every day 
as potential students brace themselves for 
greater challenges and greater rewards 

Story by Elliott Freeman 
All photos submitted by Stacey Ready 

Honors College 107 

the life and^\ times of 
an Honors Coordinator 


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by Elizabeth Maloy 

108 Arts&Acade 

Stacey Ready is a slight woman 
with an infectious smile, bright 
blonde hair cropped short to 
frame her face. She's sitting in 
her office: pale gray-blue walls 
covered in framed paintings and shelves lined 
with Southern Miss trinkets. It could have 
been messy, but there's a clear order to it all, 
to her office and her job and her life. She's 
smiling now; always smiling, ready to help any 
student at any time. 

Ready joined the Honors College as the 
Coordinator of General Honors in the 
summer of 2005, and completed both an 
undergraduate degree in Advertising and a 
master's degree in Counseling Psychology at 
Southern Miss. "I looked at a lot of different 
schools before deciding," Ready says, "and 
it sounds cliche, but Southern Miss really felt 
welcoming. You don't have to be a cookie- 
cutter student here." 

Ask any Honors College student: if you need 
something, want to know something, or just 
want someone to talk to — it's Stacey you 
should go to. "The beauty of my job is that 
there really isn't an average day," says Ready. 
"Every day is different and exciting, but every 
day also includes student contact. That's the 
constant: getting to know the students, their 
lives and their quirks." 

All of Stacey's students care about her 
just as much as she cares about them. 
"Stacey has a genuine way of connecting 
with students that compels us to meet high 
standards in all aspects of our lives," says 
Taylor Randall, a senior Psychology and 
English double major from Pensacola, 
Florida. "And we really can go to her 
about absolutely anything. It's great." 

As Coordinator of General Honors, Stacey's 
days are filled with an ever-changing array 
of tasks, from curriculum planning to 
advisement to scholarship reviews. Ready is 


also a frequent traveler, often found alongside 
honors students on active-learning trips. 
"What people don't realize, these aren't just 
trips. Anytime there's a student that's never 
been able to travel, that's special," she said, 
grinning widely. "There's usually at least one 
who has never flown or been outside the 
state, and to afford them that opportunity is 
wonderful. To see it click — the class and the 
trip come together — is really exciting." 

"Seeing students get the joy of learning, 



seeing them squeeze everything they can out 
of it.'s a joy to help lead them in the right 
direction and to help them find the classes that 
will spark their minds. Learning is a pleasure 
and a joy, and a lifelong adventure." 

For all the headaches and jetlag that her 
job affords, Ready claims that her greatest 
pride comes from seeing students succeed. 
"Anytime the students feel proud of 
themselves, and are happy with an 
accomplishment that they've struggled for 

Photo by Calvin l 

and been passionate about... I try to be here 
for everyone whether it's a big goal or a little. If 
they want my help. I want to be here for them." 
she says, looking around her office. All around 
here are reminders of this attitude: pictures of 
students, odds and ends. For anyone else it 
could have been messy, but there's an order 
to it all, everything in its rightful place. 

Story by Elliott Freeman 

Honors College Spotlight 1 09 


sweat, and 

tears. It's not true 

passion unless you've 

wept over it, bled over 

it, and worked for it. This is 

what we're told, and that is how 

the athletes of Southern Miss live. 

This is the guiding drive of their lives: 

childhood and beyond dedicated to 

a singular pursuit of glory. This is their 

blood because they bled for it, now it's 

in them, hot as fire. This is their sweat 

because they worked for it, but now it is the 

fruit of their labors, continued excellence. 

This is their tears because they wept for it, in 

victory or defeat. This is what they live for: 

the virtues of competition. This is what they've 

dedicated themselves to: tirelessly, endlessly. 

This is the depth of their drive, the defiance 

they show in the face of impossibility — 

because there is no impossibility that they 

cannot conquer. This is hope in defeat, joy in 

triumph, and enlightenment in either. This 

is a dedication that permeates every life it 

touches, inspiring by example. This is the 

long, difficult road traveled by our athletes 

in search of some more perfect 

expression of human potential. This is 

the game, and how you play it, and 

how you win it: blood, sweat, and 

tears. This is the purpose and 

aim of Southern Miss Sports, 

the boundless glory 

inherent in honest 


Photo by Calvin Wu 

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New Head Coach Larry Fedora raises the New Orlear 
Bowl Championship Cup in victory after defeating Tro' 
30-27 in the 2009 New Orleans Bowl. This victory 
clinched a winning season for the team, keeping alive a 
streak that began under former Head Coach Jeff Bower. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 



112 Sports | Football 

a season of rebuilding and the sacking of Troy 

It happened sometime between the eighth 
and ninth games of the season on a clear, 
cool night before tens of thousands of 
black-clad fans. After eight weeks of 
competition led to a disappointing 2-6 
record (with many of the losses in close, 
heartbreaking fashion), the Golden Eagles 
football team unleashed all its pent-up 
frustration on the hapless UAB Blazers. 

After the big hits and exciting scores finally 
subsided, the Golden Eagles had put 70 
points on the board, signaling their return 
to form for the remainder of the season. 
Sitting behind a microphone later in the 
week, new coach Larry Fedora remained 

"I think it is important that you know we 
didn't do anything different," Fedora told 
assembled media members. "We believe 
in what we are doing, we believe what we 
are doing is right, and the kids believe it. 
They have stuck with that belief and finally, 
they are getting to see that their efforts are 
paying off." 

It's a credit to the first-year coach and his 
staff that the team held together during the 
growing pains that characterized much 

of the season. Flash back to the season- 
opening win against Louisiana-Lafayette, 
when fans packed the newly-expanded 
M.M. Roberts Stadium to watch the first 
game of the Fedora era. There was an 
air of excitement, but there was also a 
vague sense of nervous dread thanks 
to the approaching Hurricane Gustav. 
Fedora himself admitted that his first game 
as a head coach was at times nearly 

"It was different," he says. "It was different 
being back on the sideline. I almost did 
not know what I was doing. I was trying 
to control myself most of the time." Still. 
things went well, and Fedora's new high- 
powered offense roared out of the gate. "I 
think the offense is going great." says wide 

Football 113 


- Expansion added 3,000 new seats 

- Includes 34 sold-out suites 

- Introduced new club seats 

- Construction cost $32 million, 
covered by a private donation 

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M.M. Roberts Stadium, more affectionately known as The 
Rock, is the home of Southern Miss Football. This year 
saw the completion of stadium renovations, which added 
an enormous amount of seating space for the ever- 
growing Golden Eagle fan base. 
Photo by Erin Wojtala 

114 Sports | Football 

receiver DeAndre Brown, a freshman from 
Ocean Springs. "It is going to do big things 
this year." 

The Golden Eagles followed their 51 -21 win 
over the Ragin' Cajuns with a hard-fought 
road loss to Auburn and a close road win 
over Arkansas State. That's when things 
got tough as the Golden Eagles, guided 
by freshman quarterback Austin Davis, 
the aforementioned rookies, Brown and 
Fedora, among others, dropped their next 
five contests, four of them by seven points 
or less. A young defense fought hard, but 
often couldn't stop opposing offenses, as 
was the case during a 45-40 shootout loss 
to Rice during which Brown caught an 
impressive twelve passes, including four 
touchdowns. Still, nobody quit — and two 
weeks later, the Golden Eagles exploded 

for that breakout win at the Blackout Game 
against UAB. 

It didn't stop there. With their young 
talent maturing fast and joining veteran 
performers like runningback Damion 
Fletcher and linebacker Gerald McRath, 
the Golden Eagles dispatched Central 
Florida and then took the field at the Rock 
beneath the late afternoon lights to face 
longtime rival East Carolina, which entered 
the game leading the East Division of 
Conference USA and had impressive wins 
over national contenders Virginia Tech 
and West Virginia on its season resume. 
Despite the quality of their opponent, 
the Golden Eagles easily defeated East 
Carolina 21-3, dominating throughout and 
closing out their home schedule with the 
most satisfying performance of the year. 

See it — the fans smiling, sighing contentedly 
beneath a pink-orange sky as the sun sets 
behind the Pine Belt trees. Players still in 
uniform cheering as they kneel for a team 
picture before the new south end zone 
addition to the Rock. "This team's got a 
lot of character," says linebacker Gerald 
McRath, a junior from Powder Springs, 
Georgia. "We're not gonna quit. We're not 
gonna lay down, no matter what the score 
is, no matter what the outcome is." 

Enter the Louisiana Superdome in 
December for the New Orleans Bowl against 
the Troy University Trojans. The Golden 
Eagle faithful bought every available ticket 
from the ticket office and showed up in full 
force. They watched in horror as DeAndre 
Brown suffered a brutal leg injury early in 
the game, his tibia snapping on national 


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The New Orleans Bowl 
was a challenging game 
for many Golden Eagles. 
Emotions ranged from the 
shock of DeAndre Brown's 
injury to the jubilation of 
each touchdown that led to 
a Southern Miss win. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Eric Phillips, a red shirt 
senior from Birmingham, 
shows his disappointment 
after a shocking loss 
to UTEP in double 
overtime at the Rock. 
The team's dilligence 
after difficult losses such 
as this ultimately led to 
a New Orleans Bowl 
Photo by Calvin Wu 

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Damion Fletcher, a junior 
from Biloxi, makes a very 
effective running play 
against the UTEP Miners 
at the Rock. Fletcher's 
effectiveness as a running 
back has been displayed 
time and again in many 
big plays of the season. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

116 Sports | Football 

television. They watched as the Golden 
Eagles recovered, forced overtime with 
Troy, and blocked a Trojans field goal to 
ensure victory. "I just can't say how proud I 
am of this whole football team, Fedora says 
on the Superdome turf after the game as 
the New Orleans Bowl trophy is presented. 
"They were probably the only ones out 
there that really believed we would get it 
done. They never gave up, they believed in 
the coaches. They grew and they became 
a heck of a football team." 

"It feels good to close out the season on a 
high note," says Damion Fletcher, the star 
junior runningback from Biloxi. "There is so 
much more that we have in store for next 

And next year looks bright indeed: while 
the Golden Eagles have won deserved 
victories in this season, the team isn't 
looking to rest on their laurels. With a 
growing playerbase, a maturing team, and 
coach Fedora now firmly entrenched in the 
difficult business of being a Golden Eagle, 
new years and new seasons can only bring 
greater glories as the team continues a 
rigorous ascent, straight to the top. 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 


Damion Fletcher powers pasfa UTEP defender 

Although the offensive strategy of the team has greatly 

diversified this season, the Eagle's running game 

remains a great threat to conference opponents 

Photo by Calvin Wu 

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It's a comfortable sort of day, still caught 
in reflections of the night before when 
tens of thousands of black-shirted fans 
were leaving M.M. Roberts Stadium after 
the final home game of the season, a 
satisfying 21-3 victory over Conference 
USA rival East Carolina. It's here that The 
Southerner caught up with Golden Eagles 
football coach Larry Fedora, who had 
just completed his first regular season: a 
tumultuous but exciting debut that often 
had fans breathless and always left them 
entertained. Despite the team's early 
growing pains, Fedora rallied his troops 
and dominated down the stretch, ensuring 
a fifteenth-straight winning season. In this 
context, Fedora is eager to discuss his 

SOUTHERNER: What does this season 
mean to the seniors on the team? 

FEDORA: The seniors kept everyone 
grounded, kept everybody's heads up. 
Today was emotional for them. I looked over 
at Shawn Nelson and he busted out and 
cried. I think this is a team with a bunch of 
leaders that got what they deserved today. 

SOUTHERNER: The team opened 2-6, 
which had everybody disappointed. How 
did they respond to that? 

FEDORA: The losses, they made us a 
better team. We learned that if you keep 
doing what you're supposed to do, it will 
pay off like it did today. Nothing's changed. 
We got it. It's a good feeling to see the 
things we kept preaching to these guys in 
action. They kept believing. 

SOUTHERNER: DeAndre Brown became 
a star this season, in only his freshman 

FEDORA: And we've only seen the tip of 
the iceberg. 

SOUTHERNER: How did the defense turn 
things around this year? 

FEDORA: They've got a lot of confidence. 
They believe in what they're doing. 

SOUTHERNER: You've taken some 
chances this year. What are your thoughts 
on that? 

FEDORA: We were gonna attack on 
offense and defense and on special teams. 
I believe in risk. We're not going to just 

118 Sports | Football 

throw it away, though. It's a calculated risk. 
If you have an opportunity to close it out in 
the fourth quarter, though, you take it, and 
that was our throw to DeAndre. 

SOUTHERNER: You preached fan support 
all year. How did the fans do? 

FEDORA: I gotta tip my hat off to the fans. 
They've been great. The student section 
has been packed all year. 

SOUTHERNER: Thanks, coach. 

FEDORA: Thank you. 

Fedora walks away off, a bit of a grin on his 
face, and the media follows. It's the end of 
an historic football season, one that's left 
legions of students and fans excited about 
the future of their football program under 
the leadership of Larry Fedora. 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 

In one of the most 
memorable plays of the 
season, DeAndre Brown, 
a freshman from Ocean 
Springs, Mississippi, 
breaks his leg during the 
New Orleans Bowl. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 


Michael McGee, a junior from 
Magee, Mississippi, is hoisted 
onto the shoulders of his 
teammates after a hard fought 
victory in the New Orleans Bow). 
The team overcame countless 
obstacles to achieve this 
moment, even in a proclaimed 
year of rebuilding 

Photo by Chistopher Bostick 

While the '.cam rejoiced and reveled in their victory, a 
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Teamwork is a 
fundamental part 
of cheerleading, as 
evidenced by high-flying 
maneuvers like the one 
depicted here. A high level 
of trust and a tremendous 
amount of practice goes 
into building an effective 
cheerleading squad. 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 


pep and positive attitudes 

120 Sports | Cheerleaders 

tadium lights shining and 

thousands of Southern fans 

with their eyes all on you. 

You're shivering with a 

mixture of nervousness and 

exhilaration. Sprinting across 

the lush turf of Roberts Stadium is a natural 

high. Knowing you just threw a round-off 

back handspring back tuck perfectly is 

the center of the world. Pumping up every 

Golden Eagle fan is all that matters. 

This is the Southern Miss cheerleading 
squad: the coed squad, famous for cupies 
and toss extensions, consists of thirteen 
members. The all-girl squad, known for 
walk-in elevator stunts and liberties, is 
made up of fifteen women. Each April, 
tryouts are held for both squads. The 
squad members have tumbling and spirit 
requirements, as well as an interview with 
head coach, Wendy Rolison. Both squads 
cheer at home and away for football games, 
home basketball games, and women's 
volleyball games. 

"Cheering does so many things for me. It 
keeps me in shape and it helps me stay 
focused," said Olivia Clair Chisolm, a 
freshman Speech Pathology major from 
Meridian, Mississippi. She has been 
cheering for over six years and is a member 
of the coed squad. "It's taught me how to 
be part of a team that works together to 
achieve something they work so hard for." 
One can find Olivia, along with the other 
cheerleaders, practicing every morning 
at 6:30. The squad practices four days a 
week in preparation for upcoming events. 

Catherine Copeland, a junior from Long 
Beach, Mississippi, is a member of the all- 
girl squad. "Cheerleading is so important; 
we support the athletes and pump up the 
crowd," said Catherine, who has been 
cheering for over seven years. Each 
cheerleader at Southern Miss is required to 
maintain a respectable (2.0 or above) GPA 
and a positive attitude. "Cheering has taught 
me to be very good at time management. 
Not everyone can handle being a full time 
student with daily practices and numerous 
events to be at." 

Student enthusiasm aside, Head Coach 
Wendy Rolison and graduate assistant 
Brian Grossman have over 24 years of 
combined coaching experience. Wendy 
cheered for the Golden Eagles for four 
consecutive years while she earned her 
bachelor's degree. This is her first year as 
Head Coach of the cheerleading squads, 
and Wendy is energetic. "I'm excited to 
be a part of Southern Miss cheerleading 
again," she said, and hopes that the squad 
only continues to improve throughout her 

Story by Marie John 

The astounding athleticism display 
by the cheerleaders is evidence of why 
cheering is considered a sport 

The coed cheerleading squad stands 

along the sideline at each home game 

spurring fan support and ensuring the 

energy level in the student section 

is as high as possible 

Photo by JaVokco Harris 

Cheerleaders 121 






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fighting for the win 

Inside the glittering new locker rooms and office facilities at Reed 

Green Coliseum, Head Coach Larry Eustachy gives a satisfied 

nod. The new facilities are exactly what the men's basketball 

program needs. "It makes all the difference in the world," Eustachy 

says. "It's not like we went from a smaller building to this beautiful 

building; we came from a trailer. We went from a one to a ten." Eustachy, 

who has coached across the country during his career, continues: "I've 

been to a few places, and this is as nice, if not nicer, than anything." 

The new addition to the Green House is only part of the overall rebuilding 

project Eustachy has undertaken since being hired four years ago. This season, 

he says, is the first one in which his team is ready to compete at a higher level, 

and he insists the program is on the right track. "I think we've arrived," he says, 

"but next year, we'll be even more talented, and the year after, we'll be even better. 

I really feel this is our best team, and the next team will be even better." 

Fast forward a few weeks, and despite some ups and downs, by the beginning of the 

spring semester things are looking pretty good on the hardwood court of the Green 

House. After a win against rival Houston that had the Golden Eagle fans in attendance 

give their team a standing ovation, guard Courtney Beasley is determined. "It tells other 

conference teams they better watch out for Southern," says Beasley, a senior coaching 

and sports administration major from Huntsville, Alabama. "We may be undersized, but 

we're going to give it our all." 

Perhaps even more exciting than the win over Houston, though, are the in-state bragging 
rights the Golden Eagles earned with their first win over archrival Ole Miss since 1994. 
The game, played at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, has sparked excitement — maybe, 
for Southern Miss basketball, the proverbial next year has finally arrived. "I was proud 
of our guys tonight," Eustachy says, before a plethora of media microphones. "We are 
basically a six-man team right now and had to play with a lot of fouls. We were undersized, 
but played with a lot of heart." He adds, with a nod, when a reporter asks about what it 

means to play Ole Miss in basketball again: "I think these games are great for the state. 

We were on the other end last year, so I know what it's like. There were a lot of quality 

players out on the court tonight." 

As the year progresses, the Golden Eagles add to their win total and fight for position 
in a crowded Conference USA field. "We're tied for second," Eustachy says, after the 
i win over Houston, "but it's early." Eustachy remains very optimistic, and his team has 
bought into his hard-practicing style. "I like the potential of this team." 
It seems a close loss early in conference play to Tulsa woke the team. 

"We had to win this one," says guard Jeremy Wise, a junior Coaching and Sports 
Administration major from Jackson, after their win over Tulane. "It was do or 


'I brought them in," says Courtney Beasley of his teammates during that 
contest, "and I told them, This is my last time in here. I can't come back 
here.' I just said, 'Let's get the win.'" 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 

All photos by Christopher Bostick 

122 Sports | Men's 

Jeremy Wise, a junior Coaching and Sports 
Administration major from Jackson makes a slam dunk 
against Loyola University. By the time Wise made it to 
, the other team and the crowd were in awe of 

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Splaying for pride 

Fourteen women, half of them 
over six feet tall, are keeping 
a thirty-four-year-old tradition 
alive. With nine letter-winners 
returning from the 2007-2008 
line up, the Southern Miss 
women's basketball team is preparing for 
an extreme season. 

"The team is really just working together to 
go out there, do our best, and make the 
fans proud," said Andrea Barber, a senior 
player from Topeka, Kansas who averages 
7.3 points per game. Barber, who plays the 
guard position, is number fourteen on the 
team. "Being a senior this year is amazing, 
I get to help some of the new girls and 
make my last memories." 
Southern Miss alumna Joye Lee-McNelis, 

who was the fifth Lady Eagle to score more 
than 1,000 points in a career, coaches the 
women's basketball team. Coach McNelis 
has done much for the program since 
her start as head coach in May of 2004. 
"The Lady Eagle basketball program has 
seen tremendous accomplishments in four 
years," said McNelis, "The energy, the 
excitement, and the attitude has changed 
drastically, and the results have proven 

Freshman Erin Gatling from Van Buren, 
Arkansas, has enjoyed preparing for this 
season. "I'm honored to play as a Lady 
Eagle, and I know that we're going to do 
well this season." The Lady Eagles finished 
out last season with a strong record of 21- 
14 and earned fifth place in the Conference 


Lauren Pittman, a 
sophormore Coaching 
major from Waynesboro, 
Mississippi, sets up a two 
point shot against in-city 
rivals William Carey. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Erin Gatling, a freshman 

Kinesiology major from 

Van Buren, Arkansas. 

makes a pass around a 

Tennessee State defender. 

Photo by Erin Wojtala 

USA Championships. Gatling, who will play 
point guard for the 2008-2009 season, 
hopes to win in this year's C-USA. "I know 
that our hard work and dedication will make 
our team the best." 

This year's team is led by three seniors: 
Amber Eugene, Andrea Barber, and 
Kendra Reed are working diligently to 
make their last year with the team their 
greatest and most successful. "We want 
to work hard and do well," said Eugene, a 
point guard from St. Rose, Louisiana. "We 
want the fans to come out and see what 
a fun game basketball really is. The whole 
team just wants the support of the fans and 
to make our school proud." 

Story by Marie John 

keeping the American tradition alive 


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Taylor Walker, a junior from Senatobia, 
Mississippi, clinches a play against 
William Carey College 
Photo by Calvin Wu 

126 Sports | Baseball 

Jlyfaj i 

t's the American sport— what the 
spring semester is all about. It's a 
game where players have to balance 
individual strength and team strategy. 
It's sliding in the dirt on some of the hottest 
days of the year. It's hearing the crowds 
jump to their feet and the sound of a hit. 
This is Southern Miss baseball. February 
in Hattiesburg marks the beginning of yet 
another baseball season, with 2009's team 
and schedule shaping up to be among the 
very best in recent history. 

Moses Munoz, a junior Sports Coaching 
major from San Antonio, Texas, lives for 
Southern Miss baseball. "The average day 
for a baseball player is pretty simple., 
sleep, and breathe baseball," he says with 
a grin. Moses, number eighteen, is a left- 

handed pitcher for the team. "Playing ball 
for Southern is something I never imagined 
doing. It really showed me that there 
is more to do in life than to go down the 
wrong path. It's the chance to play baseball 
in front of thousands of awesome fans at 
the Pete." 

The Southern Miss baseball team plays ball 
at the Hill Denson Field at Pete Taylor Park, 
where head coach Corky Palmer presides 
over the thirty-five man team. Palmer, who 
graduated from Southern Miss in 1977. 
holds an overall 418-255 record. For 
the 2008 season, Palmer led the Golden 
Eagles to finish 2nd in the Conference USA 
Regional, with an overall season record of 
42-22. Palmer's staff includes Assistant 
Head Coach Scott Berry, Assistant Coach 

Chad Caillet. and Volunteer Assistant Richy 

Bo Davis, a red-shirt senior Business 
Administration major from Meridian is an 
outfielder for the team. A key returner for 
the Golden Eagles, Bo plays centerfield 
and is number fourteen. When asked 
about what the team goal was. Bo took no 
time to answer — "OMAHA!" With a batting 
average of .314. Bo is looked up to as a 
team leader, and is also a good sportsman. 
Baseball is not just about winning; it's 
about having a good attitude." 

A good attitude, combined with dedication 
and hard work, may just serve to see 
the Golden Eagles through their 2009 
schedule: throughout 34 home games. 

their opponents include teams such as East 
Carolina, UAB, Houston, Marshall, Tulane, 
Rice, and Memphis. This year's team has 
already shown a marked potential, with two 
of the team's infielders — Brian Dozier and 
James Ewing — already tapped for spots 
on the Conference USA Preseason All- 
Conference Team. 

Corey Stevens, a senior 
from Clinton, Mississippi, 
makes a run for third 
base against in-city rivals 
William Carey University. 

"These two guys are two of the best players 
I have ever coached and I am glad they 
are the nucleus for this 2009 team," said 
Palmer. Other key returning players for the 
year include sophomore Todd Mclnnis and 
senior Wade Weathers. The team has also 
acquired promising new talent in the form 
of players like juniors Joey Archer, Cody 
Schlagel and Scott Copeland. 

Davis and Moses both have a trip to 
Omaha for the College World Series in 
the back of their minds; they won't let the 
pressure get to them here in Hattiesburg. "I 
just want to go out there and give it my best 
shot to help out the team and the program," 
says Munoz. The 2009 season holds lots 
of expectations, but with luck, skill, and 
a whole lot of fans all screaming at the 
Pete, the Golden Eagles aim to keep the 
program's record intact by bringing home 
another successful year. 

Story by Marie John 
All photos by Calvin Wu 


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Meridian, Mississippi 
prepares to hit a high 
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look on from the dugout. 

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Shea Naramore, a senior 
Biological Sciences major from 
Guifport, winds up for a pitch 
versus Millsaps. Naramore started 
in 34 games during the 2008 
season, appearing in a total of 41 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Krystal Dawson, a sophomore 
Marketing major from Arlington, 
Texas, makes a hit against 
Millsaps. Dawson plays first base 
and is known for her speed and 
overall quickness. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 



A Southern Miss Softball player 
slides towards the safety of third 
base during one of the opening 
games of the 2009 season. 
Photo by Kimberly Adams 


130 Sports | Softball 

This year saw the beginning of 
a new era for Golden Eagles 
Softball as the team took to the 
diamond under the tutelage of 
new coach Howard Dobson, 
who came to Hattiesburg after five years 
as an assistant at powerhouse Oklahoma. 
Dobson sees his first season as a success, 
despite some growing pains. After the 
fall season's end, though, Dobson was 
ultimately optimistic. 

seasons of cnange 

"It was nice to see this team grow and 
mature from one game to the next," he 
says. "It also was nice to see them fight 
their way out of jams with good defense 
and timely hitting. They were able to build 
confidence in themselves and their team." 

Dobson has continued to build the team as 
it prepares for next season, adding a new 
group of recruits near the end of the fall 
semester. "We are excited about having 
this group come in to add to the class we 
brought in last year to fill in the holes we 
had," he says. "We're losing three seniors 
next year: Brittney Jones, Kristin Pilgrim 
and Samantha Davis. Filling those three 
roles is big for us." 

Coach Dobson made a few changes to 
tune his coaching staff for the coming year, 
such as adding assistant coach Gessica 
Hufnagle. "We are extremely excited to 
add Gessica to our staff," he says. "She is 
a young coach that will bring a lot of energy 
and enthusiasm to our program. She'll work 
mainly with our defense and assist me with 
the hitters. With her successful playing 
career and knowledge of the game, I look 
forward to working with her." 

So indeed, things are looking up — as the 
selection of outfielder Megan Hill, a junior 
Exercise Science major from Hattiesburg, 
to the All-Conference USA team before the 
start of the spring season attests. 'What 
was good about this team," Coach Dobson 
said after fall play, "is that whenever we 
were down in any of the games, they never 
panicked. That is a sign of maturity and I 
liked that about this team." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 

Members of the Southern Miss Softball 

team watch the game from the dug-out. 

Softball is the epitomy of team sports, 

requiring personal strength at bat and 

teamwork in the field 

Photo by Kimberly Adams 

Softball 131 


when practice meets passion 

Chatter mixed with laughter overp 
the rustling of the wind on a pleasant fall 
afternoon at the Southern Miss Track and 
Field and Soccer Complex. There's a small 
circle of young women at its center, the 
Lady Eagle soccer team. Commands can 
be heard ordering each player to stretch 
a different muscle in their bodies before 
practice starts. The manicured grass of the 
field is soon crushed under cleats during a 
quick jog from one end of the field to the 
other. A slew of soccer balls tumbles onto 
the field, and practice begins in earnest. 

Hard work at practices such as this lays 
the foundation for a successful season, 
and that is the goal of these Lady Eagles. 
Encompassing everything from sprints 
to scrimmages, practice includes many 
different strategies to prepare for the 
upcoming game. 

"We do a lot of conditioning with the 
ball," said senior Christina Duvall, an 
Exercise Science major from Pascagoula, 
Mississippi who plays Keeper. One of the 
games that the team plays to build spirit 
and agility is called Eagle Cup. "You keep 

up in the air with your body, but you 
can't use your head or hands. If you drop it 
you're out," explained Duvall. "It gets us in 
a good mood, and we can have a laugh." 

When the time comes for a real game, 
the seats fill slowly but surely with a mass 
of enthusiastic students, shouting their 
support. "It's a great atmosphere when 
students get out there and get rowdy. It 
gets the team more motivated to play," said 
Lady Eagles Coach Scott Ebke. He hopes 
to increase fan support this year. Prior to 
each game, the team has a few traditions. 
"For the pregame meal, we all get together 
beforehand, and we listen to music and 
hang out," said Renee Hrapmann, a 
junior International Business major from 
Mandeville, Louisiana. When the game 
nears its start, the tension builds between 
the teams. "You don't want anyone else to 
step on your turf," said Duvall. 

With the guidance and help of Coach Ebke, 
the Lady Eagle Soccer team has taken a 
new direction. "Getting a new coach makes 
everything different, but change is all for 
the better," said Hrapmann. "The biggest 

change for our team has been its attitude. 
It has become much more positive, and we 
really want to win," said Duvall. Along with 
a new attitude, Coach Ebke wishes for a 
few more alterations to be made. "I want 
the team to have continued success in the 
classroom. The soccer team has held the 
highest GPA of all the sports teams, and 
my goal is to hold on to that," said Ebke. 
"I also want to focus in the off season on 
community service projects. It is one of the 
best ways to give back." Ebke hopes for 
his team to coach a youth soccer team this 

Throughout each soccer season, the 
Lady Eagles experience new triumphs, 
hardships, and relationships. Every year, 
though, the team works together and 
becomes a family. All that is needed to 
succeed is a little skill and a lot of heart. 
"Its all worth it," said Duvall, recalling those 
moments when a game comes together, 
when practice meets passion, "everything 
is perfect." 

Story by John Barr 

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The soccer team generates a lot of publicity from media 
posters and from signing events that allow them to interact 
with fans. Although soccer does not have as large a fan 
base as football, the soccer fan base is certainlv arowina 
every year. 
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132 Sports 

Sarah Brusco, a sophomore Physical Therapy 

student from Dallas. Texas, travels the field 

with the ball. Brusco, a strong defender, offers 

returning talent to the team 

Photo by JaVokco Harris 

Sarah McFadden. a senior Forward from 
Magherfelt. Northern Ireland, flexes back for a 
long distance pass to a teammate during the 
Tulsa game 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 

Soccer 133 

Kelsey Seymour, a freshman 
General Studies student 
from Long Beach, California, 
prepares to make a serve 
against North Texas. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

victory at the net 

Winning is important; granted, it may not 
be the single most important facet when 
compared to sportsmanship, competition, 
or personal growth and fulfillment. But 
when you can pull off a win against an 
in-state rival, go undefeated in several 
tournaments, and start the season with 
seven straight wins, it makes winning 
even sweeter. That's what the Southern 
Miss volleyball team was able to pull off 
this year, with their typical style and skill. 
The girls' winning streak through the 
season opening is the best since the 1996 
season, when they started the season 5-0. 
They went undefeated in the Air Force, 
McNeese State, and Southern Miss La 
Quinta Inn Tournaments. In the McNeese 
State tournament, they were able to defeat 
Mississippi State, a proud moment for the 

"Beating Mississippi State was a big joy 
for me and for the team," said Ashley 
Petrinec, a senior Math and Computer 
Science major from Bloomington, Illinois. 
After playing volleyball competitively since 

6th grade, Petrinec came to Southern Miss 
for its great team and to play for Coach 
Ricci Luyties. 

Stevi Cherry, a Business Administration 
major from Tampa, Florida, has enjoyed 
the bonding that has occurred on the team 
between the experienced girls and the new 
crowd. "I really think we started well and a 
lot of the younger girls stepped up." 

"We have great leadership on the team," 
said Coach Luyties, "with both Ashley 
and Stevi. They are great assets for the 
younger girls. We have great chemistry, 
some young talent that mixed well, and a 
balanced offense; that makes for a good 
team," said Coach Luyties. 

So, winning isn't everything. But victory is 
a reflection of drive, skill, and dedication: 
without any of those three, winning is a 
matter of luck. With the union of new and 
old talent from both players and coach, 
there has never been a better time to be a 
volleyball fan at Southern Miss. 

Story by Alan Wheat 

134 Sports I Volleyball 

Bridget Whalen. a 
freshman Management 
and Marketing major from 
Littleton, Colorado, sets 
up a kill for Lauren Broom, 
a sophomore Elementary 
Education major from 
Mandeville, Louisiana 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Ashley Petrinec, a senior Mathematics 
and Computer Science major from 
Bloomington, Illinois, lunges to return a 
spike against conference opponent UCF 
Photo by Erin Wojtala 

Always competitive * under 
longtime coach Teddy Viator, 
men's tennis looked to take 
the next step this year. "We 
returned with our top six guys," 
Viator, who is in his twenty-first season, 
said. "We probably have more depth this 
season than any year I've been here." 

The tennis team is comprised of Golden 
Eagles who hail from across the globe. This 
year the team was joined by Ecuadorian 
Paticio Alvarado, one of the most talented 
junior players in the world, who has played 
at Wimbledon and the French Open. "We 
are excited to sign one of the top juniors 
in the world," Coach Viator said. "He has 
a wealth of international experience and 
we are looking forward to his having an 
immediate impact on our program." The 
talented team also includes all-Conference 
performers like Domagoj Anic, a junior 
Business Administration majorfrom Zagreb, 
Croatia. "Domagoj was our top player last 
season," Viator said. "He has a good serve 
and handles the racket well." 

serving success 

Players like Markus Wessinghage, a 
sophomore International Business major 
from Ingelheim, Germany, improved their 
game over the year, looking to become 
bigger factors during the season. "Markus 
was probably our most improved player 
from last year," said Viator. "He has worked 
very hard at improving his strength and 
overall game." 

"The team's been doing great," said 
Oscar Machuca, a sophomore Electrical 
Engineering Technology major from 
Cuenca, Ecuador and one of last season's 
top recruits. "Our newest player is already 
doing very well, and he's going to help a 
lot this season. I'm excited about it. I think 
we've set high goals that we can definitely 

During the fall season, the Golden Eagles 
were competitive, going toe-to-toe with 
highly-ranked programs like Nebraska. "I 
thought we competed well," Viator said. 
"We had a chance to win the doubles' point, 
but lost in a tie-breaker. I believe winning 

the doubles would have given us some 
momentum going into the singles. We 
were playing without our best player today, 
but you have to give Nebraska credit." 

Near the end of the fall semester, the 
Golden Eagles looked ahead to the spring, 
and their approaching conference slate. 
The toughest competitors remain ahead, 
but Coach Viator was optimistic. "We feel 
good about the spring," Viator said. "Our 
objective is to play tougher competition. I 
think we have talented players, and we're 
looking to have a successful spring." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 

All photos by JaVokco Harris 

Markus Wessinghage, a 
sophomore International 
Business major from 
Ingelheim, Germany, 
prepares to return 
a volley during the 
Hattiesburg Men's 

136 Sports | Men's Tennis 

Felipe Sylva, a freshman Business 

Administration major from Pichincha. Quito 

Ecuador shows off his formidable backswing 

The men's team boasts many international 

players, which gives the team unrivaled depth 

Men's Tennis 

Shannon Rogers, a sophomore Sports Administration 
major from Virginia Beach, Virginia, exhibits her powerful 
swing during a home singles match. "I want to see us 
improving every week, every match," says Rogers. 





138 Sports | Women's Tennis 


new playervsame winning attitude 

What do you get when 
you mix hard core 
training with rackets and 
balls? — women's tennis. 
Competing in individual 
events at locales from New York to the 
University of Houston, the women's tennis 
team has already shown what is in store 
for the upcoming season. 

The girls have dealt with many changes 
after the graduation of four veteran 
members last year, and have welcomed 
three new freshman members. The team 
has managed to come together with 
amazing cohesion, and aims to be in 
the national ranking as they were just 
two short years ago. "...I like the 
way we're going about trying 

to achieve that goal," said coach Randy 
Rowley, speaking of the team's devotion to 
training and unity. 

The members of the women's tennis team 
are no strangers to commitment and hard 
work. Six in the morning, everyday, the 
girls run and complete weight training. 
They also work out another two hours in 
the evening. "It's like a full time job," said 
Shannon Rogers, a sophomore Sports 
Management major from Virginia Beach, 
Virginia and tennis player since the age 
of six. Despite the hard work, she sets her 
goals high for the team. "I want to see us 
improving every week, every match." 

Though the prospect of once again 
becoming nationally ranked weighs 
heavily on their minds, the ladies of the 

women's tennis team still know that it is 
important for them to be a closely knit team 
that can work together. The team currently 
consists of only eight members, but these 
young women have made that part of 
their bond. "I think having a smaller team 
is good, just because you become closer 
to everybody," said Lauren Gutterman, a 
junior Business Administration major from 
Mandeville, Louisiana. "We do everything 

By having such a positive atmosphere, the 
team is yet one step closer to their goals 
for this season. It is certain that the girls' 
drive will lead Southern Miss women's 
tennis to victory once again. 

Story by Divah Griffin 
All photos by Christopher Bostick 

Lauren Gutterman. 

a junior Business 

Administration major 

from Mandeville. 

Louisiana, keeps the 

volley alive using her 

quickness on the court 

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Samantha Holf.'a "junior Buiiness Administration major 
from Pensacola, Florida, makes a putt from the edge of 
the green. Success can be largely dependant on previous 
experience with the course. 

delivering solid success 

The sun glints off the wavy surface of the 
pond and sparkles on dewy green grass 
surrounding it. The air is chilly and a breeze 
moves through the trees. It's another day at 
the Hattiesburg Country Club, the home of 
Golden Eagle golf, and Derek Plucienski, 
a sophomore from Slidell, Louisiana, is 
happy to be here. "It's great, there's nothing 
like playing at home," he says. "We're 
fortunate to get to play here, there couldn't 
be a better venue." 

The men's golf team has completed their 
final tournament of the fall semester, 
finishing solidly in sixth place. Solid 
finishes are a theme; with one exception, 
the team has finished in the top ten in each 
of its tournaments. Similarly, the women's 
team finished no lower than sixth place in 

fields usually comprised of ten to fourteen 

Golden Eagle golf— both men's and 
women's — has enjoyed much success, 
not just on the green but in the classroom 
as well, with four members of the men's 
team and two from the women's team 
earning academic honors prior to the 2008 
season. "Our student-athletes continue 
to excel on the playing field as well as in 
the classroom," said Richard Giannini, 
Southern Miss' Athletics Director. 

Back at the Hattiesburg Country Club golf 
course, former Golden Eagle golf coach 
Sam Hall reflects on the glories of this past 
season. "We had a great tournament out 
here," he says. "I think all the teams played 

tremendous golf considering the weather... 
there were harsh conditions. It's hard to 
play when it's as cold and windy as it is." 

Already looking towards next semester, 
the teams' coaches were optimistic. "We're 
going to have meetings to determine each 
player's weakness, then they go off and 
practice on their own," says men's coach 
Jerry Weeks. "They'll also do some weight 
training and we'll start back as soon as 
school starts back up after the break." And 
then, under a warmer sun, Golden Eagles 
like Derek Plucienski will again represent 
their university on golf courses across the 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 
All photos by Kimberly Adams 

140 Sports | Golf 



Freddie Janneck, a sophomore Business Administration 
major from Madison, Mississippi, crouches low to line 
up the ball for a short putt at the home golf tournament 
Golfers use this opportunity to determine the Strength and 
direction needed in their next swing. 



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cool breeze cuts across the .cheek of a 
track sprinter just as he begins to pick up 
the pace for his last practice lap. His soles 
grasp onto the coarse, synthetic rubber 
track for split seconds at a time as he 
begins to run, faster and faster, toward the 
finish. As he circles the track, he passes 
a javelin thrower practicing technique. 

Gontmtiing on the track, he then glances 
toward a discus thrower as she sends 
her discus soaring into the sky, arcing 
high before slamming slantwise into the 
ground. Finishing with a full sprint, the 
runner crosses the finish line. The coach, 
satisfied, declares Track and Field practice 
over for the day. 

Few know the true challenges inherent to 
track competition: "Track is actually one of 
the harder sports that people tend to take 
advantage of," said javelin thrower Kyle 
Smith, a freshman General Studies major 
from Daphne, Alabama. "If people knew 
the hours that we put into this sport, they 
would have a lot more respect for us." 

The Southern Miss Track and Field Team train hard for the 
upcoming season with practice drills. Track and Field is a • 
sport that exemplifies well-rounded athletes that are both 
agile and strong. 

142 Sports | Track and Field 

The difficulty with track lies in the individual 
nature of the sport, with the athletes having 
to rely qp their owastrength and endurance 
throughout a race. Track athletes rnusU 
learn to adapt to new situations with every 
meet. "You learn how to run the race," said 
400 and 800 meter sprinter Avery Fulp, 
a junior Marketing major from Summit, 
Mississippi. "You must learn what pace to 
keep and when you need to pick up the 
speed once you g~et to the end. Every race, 
1 have to give it all I've got because every 
race is different." 

Compared to other countries, track in the 
U.S. is not as glorified. Kingston, Jamaica 
native Suesanna Williams, a senior multi- 
disciplined thrower majoring in. Sports 
Administration, has a unique outlook on 

the situation: "It's odd for me because track 
isn't the number one or number two sport 
in Mississippi, but back home it is number 
one, and everyone turns up to the meets. 
Students should just come to a meet and 
see that even the person who finishes last 
is giving everything they have." 

In regards to daily routines, each athlete 
has their own discipline for trainjrip for 
both the indoor and Oufdoor track seasons. 
Since track has athletes doing different 
events during meets, their training must 
meet their individual needs. "Practice is 
different every day," said Williams. "I don't 
have a daily routine." 

As with ' «ny athletic team, bondinc 
is inevitable, and- the Southern Miss 
Track team is no exception. "The team 
atmosphere is like one big family," said 
Smith. "We have, grown very close to the 
point that we have a lot of fun together with 4 
many inside jokes, but we know when to 
get down to business." 

"Track is about heart and having the 
courage to go out and compete with 
the best," said' Williams. "Everyone has. 
something to prpve in track." 

^*& %*L&* Story by John BSrY 

All Photos by Kimberly Adams 

Napoleon Benoit. a freshman from New 

Orleans, competes in the shot-put competition. 

This event requires phenomenal upper body 

strength in addition to superior balance. 

Kyle Smith, a freshman 
from Daphne. Alabama, 
practices the javelin 
throw during a preseason 
practice session. Javelin is 
an event that showcases 
upper body strength in 
addition to agility. 



Rascive Grant, a junior 
Computer Science major 
from Kingston. Jamaica, 
completes a practice 
sprint in preparation for 
the Spring season Grant 
made a name for himself 
in the C-USA meet, where 
he broke the school 
record in the leading lap of 
the 4 x 400 relay. 

Track 143 




he sun's beating down, a Southern summer sun, as a 
runner passes the Administration Building. It's training, 
and so she pushes herself to keep a strong pace, 
just a little longer... a little longer. For cross-country 
runners, pain is almost synonymous with victory, and 
she's struggling to finish her last track for the day. With 
the finish in sight, she picks up her pace. Beneath 
her perspiration-drenched skin lies the true spirit of a 
runner — someone who marries the love of challenge 
with a never-ending ability to persevere. 

144 Sports | Crosscountry 

Training for the cross country girls varies 
from runner to runner. "Our workouts 
depend on the week and day and also on 
our ability," explained sophomore Zuna 
Portillo, a Biological Sciences major from 
Antioch, California. This training schedule 
differs from previous years because of the 
girls' new coach: Coach Danielle Keplinger 
(Coach Kep for short). Coach Kep plans out 
a personalized training schedule for each 
runner on the team. Running locations 
also vary by day; sometimes the team runs 
on the Longleaf Trace, or at Tatum Park, or 
around campus, or even on a dirt hill near 
campus. "We practice anywhere that is 
runner friendly," said Keplinger. 

This year Southern Miss hosted the 
Golden Eagle Invitational at Tatum Park. 
At the meet, select local high schools and 
universities competed in both male and 
female races on tracks throughout the park 
at varied distances — 5K for Southern Miss' 
girls. Mud, gravel, dirt: the track combined 
both obvious and subtle obstacles. "It was 
muddy and hot, but it was a fun race. It was 
a real cross country race," said Portillo. 

"The race was challenging with the heat, 
but that made me push myself past my 
own barriers to give my all," said senior 
Cheris Fletcher, a third year runner from 
Albany, Georgia majoring in Architectural 
Engineering, as she wiped the sweat off 
her brow. 

Under a new coaching administration, 
the girls cross-country team has been 
revamped with a new focus on the future. 
Coach Kep sees this year as a learning 
experience. "They are learning about me 
as a coach, while at the same time I am 
also learning about them as athletes," said 
Keplinger. After working with the team for 
this first year, Coach Kep hopes to improve 
the runners' endurance and also to improve 
participation. "Athletically, my vision for the 
team is to turn the distance program around 
in a year by relentless recruiting day in and 
day out," said Keplinger. 

Strength, will, and perseverance are 
the cornerstones of athletic success, 
and cross-country running stands as an 
unimpeachable example of these three 
virtues. Like many other endeavors, it is a 
question of learning: difficult to master, but 
participation is simple — people just need to 
put on their tennis shoes and start chasing 
the sun. 

Story by John Ban 
All Photos by Christopher Bostick 

Zuna Portillo, a sophomore 

from Antioch, California, 

finished first for Southern 

Miss and third overall in the 

invitational. This event is 

held every fall, and is one of 

the only opportunities for the 

cross country team to run on 

their own ti 



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ross Country 14 


southern spirit, southern pride 

Imagine, for just a moment, that you 
are sitting in the Green House. It's a 
Southern Miss homegame, and the 
Eagles are behind in the final quarter. 

The roar of the crowd is lethargic at best, 
and all seems beyond bleak at the moment. 
Everyone has their "off' nights, right? The 
chips are down and the fans know it: it's as 
if all the energy has been drained from the 
Green House. 

And then, they arive: spirited, enthusiastic, 
beautiful, and above all else, talented. They 
are the ladies of the Southern Misses. 

The Southern Misses are a spirit team 
which ca*ifce found at each and every 
basketball g^jie. While the players score 
point after point on the hardwood, the 
SoutNw* Misse^orovide entertainment for 

the crowd. Yes. we have cheerleaders to lift 
spirits at sporting events, but the Southern 
Misses seem to be a different strain of gold 
within the Southern Miss mine. 

This year the Southern Misses are led 
by a new coach and Southern Misses 
alumna, Jennifer Centola. Her interest in 
performance and athletics has been a long 
time in coming: in her time at Southern 
Miss, Centola served as a personal trainer 
at the Payne Center. 

Jerami Goodman, a senior Public Relations 
major from Long Beach, Mississippi noted 
that the past year "has been a turn-around 

year for the team. Last year most people 
didn't know who the Southern Misses 
were, but now we are recognized a little bit 
more." Recognized, indeed. They have 
made appearances on the Gulf Coast and 
in Slidell, Louisiana. They were also asked 
to appear in the Tucks parade during Mardi 
Gras this year in New Orleans. 

Holli Quiroz, a sophomore Broadcast 
Journalism major from Petal, Mississippi, 
is a member of the Southern Misses and 
an avid supporter of everything they do. 
"Being part of Southern Misses has given 
me a commitment to both myself and my 
team," Quiroz said, pride in the warmth of 
her voice, "I've gained experiences I'll need 
in each and every aspect of my life." 

Story by Jack Spitz 
All photos by Christopher Bostick 

146 Sports | Southern Misses 

Kellie Oberkirch. a Nutrition 
major from Mobile, dances 
as part of the entertainment 
during the home game 
against Loyola Univeristy. 

father Lincoln an 
Exercise Science major 
from Madison Mississippi 
performs along with the 
other Southern Misses as 
part of Eagiepaiooza 




Stephanie Gwin. an Exercise 
Science major from Vicksburg. 
performs a routine during the 
halftime show of the Tulsa game. 
Southern Misses function as not 
only a means of entertainment 
but also as a motivator for fans, 
similar to the cheerieading 
squad during football games. 

Southern Misses 1 47 

The student section is packed on any 

given game day at the Rock, and this 

year's conference showdown with UTEP 

was no exception Football is an important 

part of atheletics at Southern Miss, 

boasting the largest student fan base 

Photo by Calvin Wu 




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£ £ My favorite part of the atmosphere is 
just the visual of seeing a sea of <m. 

in the Rock. 


Fan: short for "fanatic." Definition: a person motivated by an irrational 
enthusiasm for a cause; marked by excessive enthusiasm for and 
intense devotion to a cause or idea. People get fanatical about 
many things: music, art, actors. But the most devout, the most 
intense, and the most passionate fans are sports fans. Sports fans 
are the ones who fit the definition above more accurately than any 
other type of fan; one trip to Oakland can prove that. But we have 
our fair share here at Southern Miss, without a doubt. 

This isn't about those who make appearances at all the games and 
then leave as soon as the team is guaranteed to win or lose, the 
fair weather fans. We're talking about the hardcore fans. The guys 
and girls that are always at the Rock, when the sun is shining and 
especially when it's pouring down rain. They are in Reed Green 
Coliseum, whether we are playing the #1 ranked team or the #27th. 
They are at Pete Taylor Park for every game as we continue our 
streak of 6 consecutive post season tournaments. These, ladies and 
gentlemen, are die hard Southern Miss fanatics. 


Fans 149 

Football is one of the most popular sports in 
the nation, and its one of the most popular 
here at Southern Miss. Saturdays at the 
Rock are always energetic and full of action — 
just the way the fans like it. "It's all about the 
friends and fellow students," said Shawn 
Foles, a senior Forensic Sciences major from 
Saucier, Mississippi. The student section at 
Southern Miss is always intense and does its 
best to get the whole stadium just as rowdy. 
"My favorite part of the atmosphere is just the 
visual of seeing a sea of gold in the Rock," said 
Jon Buchanan, a senior Biological Sciences 
major from Carthage, Mississippi. The vibe 
of game day at the Rock is hard to match. 
Graduate student Logan Grubbs, a Speech 
Communications major from Hattiesburg, 
Mississippi, attempted to put that feeling into 
words: "When the pre-game video is played 
just before the players rush the field... then 
the players come through the Southern Miss 
helmet and go absolutely wild. The thought of 
that gives me chills." 

But that atmosphere is created by a history 
of being a fan. "I've been a fan since I was 
born. I've been coming to games since I was 
four or five years old," said West Harwell, a 
freshman Biochemistry majorfrom Poplarville, 
Mississippi. This is the case with many fans, 
like Grubbs and Foles. You don't have to be 
a longtime fan to be a hardcore fan, though. 
"I've been a fan since freshman year. I joined 
Eagle Ambassadors my sophomore year and 
that led me to getting on the football office staff. 
That simply fanned the flame for my love of 
the sport, the coaches, and the players," said 
Anna Truitt, a senior Deaf Education major 
from Columbus, Mississippi. 

Football, however, is not the only sport with 
fanatics on this campus. "My favorite part 
of the atmosphere at a basketball game is 
when a player gets a big slam dunk. There 
is nothing better than having your sausage 
dog and drink practically knocked out of your 
hands as fans jump to their feet," said Grubbs. 
The popularity, as well as the attendance, 
of basketball games has been increasing 
steadily in the past few years due to both 
close games against big opponents and the 
addition of high profile, talented players. 

"Saiquon Stone is my favorite basketball 
player. He plays with a passion and fire 
that never seems to die," said Foles. It's 
the talent of players like Saiquon, as well as 
Jeremy Wise and others, which allow the 
Golden Eagles to show up against big time 
opponents. "Watching Southern Miss play 
Memphis last year and having a legitimate 
chance of winning was definitely a highlight," 
Foles added, a twinge of pride slipping into 
his smile. 

While football may arguably be the most 
popular sport on campus and basketball has 
a steadily growing fan base, it is baseball 
which has had the most success the past few 

years, and its fans are proud of it. "Hosting a 
regional tournament was definitely a highlight 
as a baseball fan. That was really big for us," 
said Harwell. 

"In my first baseball game, Southern Miss put 
on an offensive barrage against UCF with 4 
homers and we played excellent defense," 
said Buchanan. Southern Miss baseball fans 
may also be some of the most rowdy and 
intense. "Making Marshall's coach throw a 
trashcan was a personal highlight in baseball," 
remarked Foles. "Last year when Mississippi 
State's Coach Ron Polk stated that we were 
the worst fans in the nation... I don't know 
what spurred him to dub us that, but I take it 
as a compliment," said Grubbs. 

No matter what sport a super fan is obsessed 
with, they can usually sum it up with a 
particular game or instance that justifies their 
love. "By far, it was Brett Favre's Hail Mary 
to beat Louisville," said Harwell. "For me," 
Buchanan said, "it was the Southern Miss and 
Memphis basketball game last year, when we 
came so close to winning the game against a 
top ranked team." Grubbs has two moments 
that define his love for Southern Miss sports: 
"Beating undefeated TCU in 2003 when 
they were ranked ninth in the nation was 
incredible. I've never felt an atmosphere like 
that in the Rock. . .that or beating Ole Miss in 
Jackson last year. There were a lot of upset 
Rebel fans that night." 

Foles explained his love of the basketball 
team as rooted in his own memory of one 
special game: "Southern Miss against UAB 
in basketball. It just shows solid heart and 
determination. Clawing and fighting for 
everything you have... that's what Southern 
Miss is about." Southern Miss has some 
of the most devout fans in the nation. They 
are there for every game, rooting on their 
favorite players, cheering for every team, 

and annoying every opposing team. These 
are the same fans that are there, no matter 
how uncomfortable the situation may be or 
what the outcome of the game is. "I believe 
my position as a Golden Eagle fan can be 
summarized as someone who is behind 
Southern Miss whether they win impressively 
or lose embarrassingly. Dedication runs deep 
in me," said Buchanan. This dedication is one 
of the things that all Southern Miss fanatics 
share; it's not a place for casual fans. 

"Don't be a fair-weather fan," said Anna Truitt. 
"Be a Southern Miss fan." 

Story by Alan Wheat 

Because the program has a long running tradition of 

success, athletics at Southern Miss has a large fan 

following. Students show their support for the Golden 

Eagles in various ways: by attending games in costumes 

or reveling in a last second slam dunk with friends. The 

students always pack home games with 

excitement and energy. 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 

150 Sports | Fans 




Seymour, a previous nominee for Capital One Mascot 
of the Year, is an extremely important component of any 
sporting event at Southern Miss Seymour's antics, 
like crowd surfing, increase the excitement 

^el for all Southern Miss fans 
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Photo by Christy Dyess 

It's not just beer and letter shirts. It's bridesmaids and groomsmen at your 

wedding. It's total trust. It's your chance to pick your family. Brothers and 

sisters. Different letters, all united — diverse beginnings, but a similar 

aim. The aim to make people better. Bonds: unbreakable, everlasting, 

utterly eternal. It's love, and done for love. Awareness and charity and 

philanthropy. It's symbols and secrets and candlelight. It's giving. 

It's sharing a smaller world and learning to live in a bigger one. 

It's hope when you're desperate, encouragement when you're 

down. It's coming together for a cause. It's having more 

Bonus Bucks than you know what to do with. It's a house, 

and even more — it's a home. It's that party you'll never 

forget, and the parties that didn't quite happen. It's 

those nights you sat around and talked. It's living, 

because it's alive. It's forever changing. It's 

Greek Life: yours, mine, and ours 

and it's growing every day. 

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Greek Life Introduction 153 

Trey Skaggs, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of 
Greek Life, takes one of the many phone calls regarding 
the updated rules and regulations of the Greek system 
Skaggs can be found in his office from 8-5, but his 
"everyday" does not end there. Skaggs sometimes 
attends Greek functions until midnight. 
Photo by Christy Dyess 

Life IFC 


With every new leader comes a new 
beginning: fresh eyes search out what old 
eyes couldn't and new ideas revitalize 
stagnating systems. Trey Skaggs is no 
stranger to Southern Miss or to Greek Life, 
and it is this life experience and an honest 
desire to make connections with students 
that makes Trey Skaggs just the leader 
that the Interfratemity Council (IFC) has 
been waiting for. 

"We are a family that works tirelessly to 
serve our Greek students," said Skaggs. 
"We have an open door policy and welcome 
any and all students to come by." 

In an effort to increase self governance in 
individual chapters, there have been 
changes to the judicial procedures 
enforced by IFC. In addition, Skaggs and 
a select group of Greek leaders are 
drafting a new incentives program to 
provide rewards for excellent chapters. 

According to Skaggs, some changes made 
in the early stages of his term came as a 
surprise to many because of their scope. 
These changes include a restriction on the 
number of parties each Greek organization 
may host, a complete overhaul of formal 
recruitment, strict Bid Day regulations, 
and were followed by policy revisions 
restraining community alcohol, drinking 
games, and other potentially harmful 
alcohol related activities. Although 
Skaggs recognized that many were 
opposed to these new rules, he held fast in 
what he said was a first step on the road 
to a better Greek system. 

Recruitment is the lifeblood of Greek 
organizations, and this is one fundamental 

aspect of Greek Life to which Skaggs has 
already made substantial changes. 
Bid Day has been scaled back in order 
to advocate brotherly bonding and 
membership development. In addition, 
formal recruitment this year was preceded 
by a week of informal recruitment that 
focused on relationship building. 

Despite the far-reaching nature of these 
changes, many members of the Greek 
system agree that they will result in vast 
improvements for Greek Life and the 
university as a whole. Skaggs noted that 
the changes made to the system this year 
were not explicitly his own, and the mission 
to improve Greek Life at Southern Miss is 
truly an institutional undertaking. 

The final result of these changes is 
to create a system of student-run 
organizations that are self governed 
and held accountable by the Office of 
Greek Life. 

"Although it can be said by some that the 
restrictions are rigid, it's apparent that they 
stem from good intentions and will lead to 
good results in return," said Marcus Dufour, 
a junior Administration of Justice major from 
New Orleans, and president of Sigma Nu, 
one of the IFC delegates. 

The goal to change Greek culture 
on campus and reinvent fraternity and 
sorority life in a way that accentuates the 
positive aspects of philanthropy, service, 
academics, brotherhood and sisterhood 
is a lofty one. While there may not be a 
single convenient answer yet, work is still 
underway to improve Greek Life. 

Story by Christopher Mills 

Interfratemity Council Overhaul 155 

potential . ., 
> finding their home 

"From the outside looking in, you can never 
understand it. From the inside looking out, you 
can never explain it." CPC Recruitment 2008 

On August 7, over 270 girls moved into Wilbur 
Hall to kick off the Southern Miss sorority 
recruitment process. During the summer, 
each potential new member received a "Guide 
to Sorority Recruitment" pamphlet, which 
helped the girls decide what to pack and what 
to expect. Paige LeBlanc, a freshman Political 
Science and Speech Communication major 
from Madison, Mississippi, had a little trouble 
on move in day. 

"I brought so much stuff and had it all 
perfectly perched to where I could walk with 
it all. Somehow, right when I got to my hall, 
everything toppled to the ground. I called out 
for help and a bunch of girls came running to 
my aid. Those girls are now some of my best 
friends," she said, smiling. 

"Move in day was intense," said Leah 
Broome, a junior International Marketing 
major from Seminary, Mississippi. "I didn't 
know anyone really and I have never lived 
in a dorm setting but it turned out amazing 
because my roommate's family really helped 
me get settled in and afterwards we went out 
to eat to break the ice." 

During recruitment, each day has a theme 
that all sorority houses follow. "Meet the 
Greeks" was the first day of recruitment, 
where potential new members were lined up 
in groups outside the houses and ushered in 
by an active member of that sorority. Each 
potential member attended eight parties on this 
day. Once inside each house, an executive 
member of the sorority introduced herself 

and welcomed the potentials into their chapter 
room. For the next forty minutes, prospective 
members talked to the current members of 
that sorority in a relaxed interview. 

The second day of recruitment was 
Philanthropy Day. On this day, each sorority 
invited a group of potential members back 
to their house to explain their philanthropic 
involvement and the girls make a craft 
pertaining to that specific philanthropy. 

The third and most popular day of recruitment 
was Skit Day. The potentials were advised to 
wear fun and energetic outfits that expressed 
their personality. Each sorority put on a skit 
that showed the sorority's personality and 

The final event of the recruitment process is 
Preference Night. On this night, a potential 
member attended only two parties, and the 
conversation during these parties was very 
serious. The members of their potential 
sororities shared memories or stories from 
their own experience. After Preference Night 
is over, the potential members ranked their 
sorority choices as one and two, one being 
their top choice for membership. After each 
girl voted, all that was left to do is wait for Bid 
Day to arrive. 

Bid Day activities vary between sororities, 
but a few traditions are held each year. After 
packing up everything for the dorms, the girls 
get their bids. Each girl then signs her bid 
and heads to the Village to unite with her new 
sisters. Each new member then has a special 
event to attend with her sorority. 

This year marked a special one in the history 
of recruitment at Southern Miss because it 
was the first time the Village had been open 
for recruitment. 

"It was very stressful for me but I met some 
of the most amazing girls ever and we got 
extremely close," said LeBlanc, shortly after 
having signed her bid for Delta Gamma. 

Story by Marie John 

New girls participate in the most anticipated part of 
sorority recruitment: running to their sorority. After an 
emotional week, the new members can finally embrace 
their new sisters. 
Photo by Elizabeth Maloy 

Potential new members walk from the Kappa Delta house 
to participate in their next party. This year, recruitment 
was more informal than in the past. 
Photo by Christopher Mills 

156 Greek Life I CPC Recruitment 




Below: Courtney Nicosia, from Mandeville. Louisiana, 
performs center stage during Tri Delta s Skit Night. Almost 
all potential new girls say that skit night is their favorite 
among all of the recruitment activities. 
Photo by Chris Mills 

Above Breanne Hancock from Raleigh Misissippi 
performs a solo during Chi Omega s skit Performing as 
Miley Cyrus on Skit night was one of the best parts about 
being recruitment chair for Chi Omega The new houses 
along v/ith other changes in women's recruitment have 
truly enriched the experience and I am excited about the 
future of women's recruitment at Southern Miss' says 
Hancock Photo by Christopher Mills 

CPC Recruitment 157 

After signing their bids, new members run to their 
houses to begin the Bid Day celebrations. The 
new Pi Kapp associates were led by actives Blake 
Barnes from Jackson and Dylan Pair from Ocean 
Springs, Mississippi, who proudly carried the Pi 
Kappa Phi flag. 

Lucas Dela Riva, a 

Sigma Chi and IFC 

Vice President of Public 

Relations served as a 

Rho Alpha. Rho Alphas 

helped guide potential 

new members through the 

recruitment process. 

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filling the ranks 

Andrew Myers, a freshman Coaching major, speaks with Ryan Williamson, 
a Forensic Science major from luka, Mississippi, during a recruitment event 

Frat Row underthe light of a summer 
sun: it's hot, it's bright, and, 
even still, there are bright-eyed 
potentials milling about the myriad 
houses. The Interfraternity Council serves 
as the governing body of the ten Southern 
Miss fraternities, and each summer these 
fraternities organize recruitment events 
where men who are interested in joining a 
fraternity can attend organized socials and 
meet the active members before making 
any final decisions. 

"I liked how each fraternity could sign bids 
earlier this year, and that helped us plan 
out what we needed to do to get more 
members," said Brian Joyce, a senior 
Music major from Huntsville, Alambama, 
and an active member of the Delta Tau 
Delta fraternity. Brian said that his favorite 
memories were the potential member 
organized events. "We had recruitment 
workshops this summer and a float trip that 

helped us meet a lot of the 

Trey Skaggs, Assistant 
Dean of Students, was 
pleased with the number of 
signed bids from this year's 
recruitment. "We had 163 
men sign bids, with Sigma 
Chi in the lead with 28 and 
Sigma Phi Epsilon with 
26," said Skaggs. When 
asked about how to possibly 
improve the recruitment 
process, Skaggs advises 
the recruitment chairs to 
get creative: "Ultimately. 
they have to think outside 
of the box and be positive 
examples for potential new 
members." Skaggs isn't 
alone in his satisfaction 
with this year's recruitment, 

"I'm pleased with the 
results from recruitment 
this year, and I think that 
every fraternity should be 
proud of their pledge class." 
said Ransom Clarke, a 
junior Marketing major from 
Mobile and the Recruitment 
Chair for Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Ransom 
does, however, hope for a few changes 
in next year's recruitment process: "Since 
recruitment lasted so long this year (late 
spring through October) it got expensive 
to have so many rush events. Maybe by 
shortening the length of recruitment, every 
fraternity could save money and use the 
funds toward their philanthropy." 

Both Joyce and Clarke agree that by being 
a positive example in their fraternities, 
next year's recruitment is going to be 
even more successful. With 163 new men 
in the Greek system, this year's class 
has already begun to distinguish itself as 
one of both quantity and quality, with all 
signs pointing towards an even greater 
improvement next year. 

Story by Marie John 
All photos by Calvin Wu 

IFC Recruitment 159 

ring into a Greek organization changes a person forever. 
The initiation process is both secretive and intimate, allowing 
the bonds of every brother or sister to solidify together as they 
become a true family. The National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities 
and sororities host a special festivity called Probate once the 
initiation process has finished, revealing to the community 
and school the newest members of their respective families. 

These occasions mark an important 
beginning for those newly initiated into their 
organizations,. but many of the students on 
campus are unaware of the existence of 
the celebration. 

"Probate is the day the NPHC sororities and 
fraternities present the newest members 
of their organizations to the community," 
said Delta Deborah Quave, a senior 
Tourism Management major from Gautier, 
Mississippi. "Probates do not require formal 
attire, and many of the Deltas from around 
the state and region come to see these 
newly initiated members. Many people 
from the public come, but a big part of the 
crowd is Greek." 

These neos of Sigma 

Gamma Rho Sorority are 

excited as they step at 

Vernon Dahmer. The neos 

entertained a packed crowd. 

Photo by JaVokco Harris 

Over the years, probates have changed 
due to the incorporation of new rules in 
the Greek system. "Hazing used to not be 
illegal, and during that time everyone knew 
who was going through initiation with each 
of the Greek organizations," said Kappa 
Alpha Psi Trey Lee, a junior Accounting 
major from Clinton, Mississippi. "Now the 
process has changed and hazing is against 
the rules, everything has become more 
suspenseful. The best part of a Probate 
is when you're revealed to the public 
because everyone wants to see who has 

This festivity has very sentimental 
meaning attached to it. Vixon Sullivan, 
an Alpha sophomore majoring in Graphic 
Design from Monticello, Mississippi, looks 
back fondly upon his Probate. "I feel that 
Probate is a celebration of a life-changing 

accomplishment. Socially, it did let the 
campus see me in a different light. After a 
dYobate, people look to these new members 
as leaders on campus, and it made me 
-try to present myself well to other people 
because they now see me as someone to 
look up to." 

As they venture onto this new path, these 
individuals know that they have the support 
of their fellow brothers and sisters behind 
them. No matter which organization you've 
chosen, the experiences that a person 
gains throughout the process of coming 
together with a new family is a once in a 
lifetime opportunity. And what could be 
a better way to signify the birth of this 
brotherhood or sisterhood than having a 
probate celebration, revealing one's new 
status and home in a joyous celebration of 
acceptance and triumph? 

Story by John Ban 

1 60 Greek Life I Probate 

Members of the Theta Eta chapter of 

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc unmask 

one of the newest members (neos) 

to their blue and white family, Travon 

Robinson, a junior Kinesiotherapy 

major from Natchez Mississippi 

Photo by Brettany Payne 

The newest members of the Mu Xi 
chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha proudly 
throw up the Alpha hand sign at their 
probate. The Alphas welcomed eleven 
neos into their black and gold family 
that night. 

Photo by Brettany Payne 

NPHC Probate 161 

-<3 sisters in disguise 

Allie Combes, a senior Sociology major 
from Madison, Mississippi, spent the first 
week of August in a dorm room in Wilbur 
Hall. Apart from the ninety-four degree 
Mississippi heat, Combes also had to deal 
with nearly three hundred girls without 
her cell phone or any free time. This is 
the life of a Gamma Rho Chi, the lovely 
ladies that serve as counselors to potential 
sorority members. Each year, women 
from all backgrounds go through sorority 
recruitment, and thanks to thirty-two upper- 
class greek women serving as Gamma Rho 
Chis (often called Gamma Chis), potential 
new members have some direction and 

Before recruitment begins, Gamma Chis go 
through training to prepare for any questions 
that potential members may have. "Training 
is always fun. It's a great time to bond with 
girls who don't wear your letters. At the end 
of training, you feel ready to answer any 
question anyone could possibly ask. You 
feel like you've joined a new sorority, with 
new sisters," says Combes, a member of 
Delta Delta Delta sorority who has served 
as a Gamma Chi for two years. "I did it twice, 
and if I weren't graduating, I would most 
definitely be one again." 

This passion for helping ease new girls into 
sorority life is present even in the newest 
Gamma Chi mentors: Elan Griggs is a 
senior News Education major and spent 
her first year as a Gamma Chi. "Training 

was very intense but at the same time it 
was so much fun. It was more of a bonding 
experience than work," says Griggs, a 
member of Phi Mu sorority. 

Griggs and Combes agree that one of 
the memories they will always have is the 
torrential rain on Preference Night. This 
night is the final night of recruitment where 
potential new members attend two parties 
and select their top choice sorority. "230 
girls dressed up wearing ponchos, standing 
outside while the Gamma Chis, poncho- 
less, danced around in the rain," Combes 
remembers, a smile spreading across her 

Sarah Fayard, a senior Nursing major, 
knew she wanted to be a Gamma Chi 
when she went through recruitment as a 
freshman. "My impression of them was 
that they were mature and very smart. They 
were older and so I looked up to them, but I 
knew I could go to them for anything." 

As part of tradition, the Gamma Chis keep 
their sorority membership a secret until 
Bid Day. On that afternoon, each Gamma 
Chi reveals her sorority and then runs to her 
house to reunite with her sisters. 

Story by Marie John 

Chi Omega sorority yells for their 

Gama Rho Chi members to run 

back to their sorority house. The 

Gamma Rho Chi's had to disaffiliate 

themselves for the entire summer. 

Photo by Elizabeth Maloy 

IP *»k 

Gamma Rho Chis 

The Gamma Chis were excited on Bid Day for two reasons: 
welcoming new members into their sorority, and finally being 
able to return to their own chapters. Brooke Crumpton, an 
International Studies major from Hernando, Mississippi, looks 
backs toward her sorority and excitedly waits to run. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Deirdre David, a senior Advertising major, who served as i 

head Gamma Rho Chi and Chrissy Black, a junior Special 

Education major, who planned all of the formal recruitment 

events, take a quick break during a recruitment party. 

Photo by Christopher Mills GOmmQ RhO ChJS 


a Delta Pi hosted a hamburger eating contest to benefit 
their national philanthropy, The Ronald McDonald House. 
While some chapters host essentially the same events even 
year, others take creative license with new events 
Photo by Leah B — 

1 64 Greek Life | Philanthropy 

greeks raise tens of thousandsL_L^ 
of dollars annually N^ 

Defined literally, it's the practice 
of loving one's fellow man, putting 
the needs of others above oneself. 
It's giving in its purest form: a gift 
of time and effort and energy. For 
the fraternities and sororities of 
Southern Miss, philanthropy isn't 
just something to do: it's a way of life. 

Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity sings in front of a packed 
Colliseum during Chi Omega's Songfest. Even though 
Song Fest seems to be one of the most time consuming 
philanthropy events, Greeks look forward to competing 
in the competition every single year. One always sees 
fierce competition and festive costumes - the sorority or 
fraternity who wins "Best Overall Performance" gets to 
perform as the special entertainment the following year. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Philanthropy 165 

Tick, tock, tick, tock. The clock 
inches closer to 10:30. Teams 
of chefs begin scrambling for 
ingredients and utensils. These 
eager participants scurry to 
create their own unique chili concoctions, 
tasty enough to woo over the judges of the 
fourth annual Sigma Phi Epsilon Chili Cook- 
Off. What may seem like a regular cooking 
competition actually exists for a greater 
purpose: to raise money for Youth Aids. 
Each of the Greek sororities and fraternities 
on Southern Miss's 
campus host 

their own unique 
philanthropy event 
each year to fund 
a charity specific 
to their Greek 

Sight. "Eating at McAlisters was something 
new, and I wanted the girls of Delta 
Gamma to have hands on experience with 
people who have visual impairment, in turn 
seeing where all of their hard work goes 
and that there really is a higher purpose for 
Anchor Splash than simply having fun. Two 
individuals came this year who have visual 
impairment, and the girls were all able to 
see how they live their lives everyday." 

What could be more 
fun than swimming 

relays, sponsored meals, and intense 
dance competitions in February? 
Delta Gamma's annual Anchor Splash 
Philanthropy has all of this and more. Robby 
Norton, a Sigma Nu sophomore Physical 
Education major from Mobile participated 
in the King Neptune dance competition 
with his fraternity's dance impersonating 
the infamous Napoleon Dynamite. "We had 
no clue what to do so we basically decided 
to just make people laugh," said Norton. 
"None of us were embarrassed at all, and it 
was extremely fun." 

Kierstan Knaus, Delta Gamma's Anchor 
Splash Director and a junior Marketing and 
Sports Management major from Paducah, 
Kentucky, added a new aspect to the 
week to really incorporate the fact that the 
sorority was raising money for Service for 

1. Jared Takacs, a sophomore Sports Coaching major from 
Montgomery, Alabama, and a member of Phi Kappa Tau, 
lip syncs and dances during Delta Gamma's King Neptune. 
King Neptune is an event during Delta Gamma's famous 
AnchorSplash and gives fraternity men a chance to show off 
their amazing dance skills. 

Photo by Calvin Wu 

2. Sigma Nu fraternity gave students the opprotunity 
to have some good humored fun and dunk prominent 
members of the university community to benefit The 
DuBard School. Here, Student Activities manager Joel 
Hughes splashes into the water during Snake Week. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

3. For many, Alpha Tau Omega's Haunted House is the 
highlight of the Halloween season. For a small fee, 
students can have a few laughs and screams while 
benefiting multiple sclerosis patients and their families. 
Erin Seidenburg, a freshman from Laurel, and Bridgette 
Davis, a junior from Hattiesburg, squeal while leaving the 
fraternity house after a night of fright. 

Photo by Kimbarly Adams 

4. Phi Mu sorority performs at Chi Omega's Songfest. 
An exhibition of both traditional and irreverent Christmas 
carols, Jessica Eli, a freshman from Petal, Mississippi, 
and the rest of Phi Mu sorority, took a casual style and 
expressed their most-loved parts of the season through 
song and dance. 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Following suit with the multifaceted events 

What could be more fun than 

swimming relays, sponsored meals, 

and an intense dance 

competition in February? 

for their philanthropy, Alpha Tau Omega 
hosts three events throughout the year 
in order to raise money for Habitat for 
Humanity. The first event of the year is their 
now-infamous Haunted House, which is 
sure to leave everyone who goes through 
with goose bumps if not a hoarse throat 
from screaming. 

"It was really scary, but I kept thinking that 
it was for a good cause," said Katherine 
Currie, a Chi Omega freshman Political 
Science major from Bay St. Louis, 
Mississippi. "I think the scariest part was 
when one of the guys jumped out from 
under a bridge in the backyard." Following 
the ATO Haunted House, the fraternity 
continues to raise money during the year 
with Tau Fest and the annual ATO Crawfish 

As the air becomes frigid and Christmas 
approaches, every fraternity man and 
sorority woman begin to polish their singing 
voices in anticipation of Chi Omega's 
annual Songfest funding the Make a 
Wish Foundation. This year's 56th annual 
Songfest, was filled with carols ranging 
from spirited renditions of Dr. Seuss to 
the Twelve Days of Chi Omega. Being a 
past Southern Miss Chi Omega, University 
President Martha Saunders attended and 
spoke at the event, playing witness to a 
legacy that has remained strong over the 

"Funding the Make a Wish Foundation, 
Southern Miss' Epsilon Delta Chapter 
raises more money than any other chapter 
in the nation," said Lizz McKean, a Chi 
Omega junior Mass Communication and 

Journalism major from Mobile. "We always 
have a Make a Wish child come attend the 
event and vote for their favorite group, and 
this year a local girl came to the event in a 
limo to cast her vote. It is a good way for 
them to see what we do to raise money for 

Lions, dodge ball, and Big Macs. These 
three seemingly unrelated items collide 
together in the Alpha Delta Pi Lion Share 
Challenge Week, which raised money for 
the Ronald McDonald 
House. "The week is 
comprised of a dodge 
ball tournament for boys 
and girls followed by a 
very competitive Big Mac 
eating contest for the boys 
at the end of the week," 
said previous Alpha Delta 
Pi Philanthropy Chair 
Rebecca Ann Gilbert, a 
junior Nursing major from Jackson. "Its 
really fun to see people's techniques of 
eating the burgers. Whether it is dipping 
the bun into water first or eating the meat 
then the bun, everyone has their own 
systematic strategies." 

With the same focus on children as ADPi, 
Pi Beta Phi has Aerostrike, a bowling 
competition for funding children's literacy 
through the First Book program. Phi Kappa 
Tau joins these efforts by hosting Chip 
Shot, funding Paul Newman's Hole in the 
Wall Gang Camp for children with life- 
threatening illnesses. 

Slithering their way to a touchdown, 
Southern Miss' sororities and fraternities 
also participate in Sigma Nu's Snake 
Week. This is a week dedicated to a flag 
football tournament, a fierce car bashing, 
and a dunking booth all funding the Dubard 
School. These events were somewhat 
similar to Sigma Alpha Epsilon's annual 
Charity Bowl funding the Hattiesburg 
Civitan Camp and Zoo Boo played between 
SAE and Sigma Phi Epsilon this year. 
Another part of Sigma Nu's philanthropy 
is the Catfish Fry they host sponsoring St. 
Jude's Children's Research Hospital. 

The ladies of Delta Delta Delta also work to 
fund St. Jude's, hosting two sporting events 
during the year to involve other Greek 
students and also community members in 
their initiative. "In the fall, we have a golf 
tournament called Tees for Tots that is 
open to the entire community with donuts 
and door prizes," said Kellis McSparrin, 
a Tri Delta junior Dance Performance 
and Choreography major from Clinton. 
Mississippi. "We continue raising money 

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in the spring with the Tri Delt Triple Play, 
a Softball tournament formerly just for 
Greek students and now open to the 
entire community. In addition to the softball 
tournament, there is also a cheerleading 
competition and a bowling night." 

Following suit with sporting endeavors 
aiding children's organizations, Pi Kappa 
Phi hosts the annual Pi Kapp Classic 
Basketball Game funding Push America, a 
program for children with disabilities, and 
Phi Mu hosts Hoop-A-Palooza, a basketball 
tournament supporting the Children's 
Miracle Network. 

Running toward a finish line rather than 
a pot of gold, the participants of the 
annual Kappa Delta Shamrock Week 
run, eat and drink; all to raise money for 
their philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse. 
"Shamrock Week is made up of three 
parts: the 5K Fun Run on the Longleaf 
Trace, a midnight pancake breakfast on 
the intramural field and an alumni tea 
party," said junior Alexis Smith, a Kappa 
Delta Psychology and History major from 
Oak Grove, Mississippi. "As Shamrock 
Director this year, I have really gotten to 
know the directors of PCA Hattiesburg and 
the philanthropy chairs from both the state 

and national level, giving me a chance to 
see where our efforts really go." 

Another philanthropy event funded for 
a children's organization that involves 
running for a different reason is the Sigma 
Chi Derby Days, funding both local charitys 
and the Children's Miracle Network. The 
Derby Days themselves involve a racing 
sweep of the campus in search of a hidden 
derby hat. 

Philanthropy events truly bring together 
every Greek organization on campus. 
Whether it is through sporting activities 

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A contestant races against 
the clock at Delta Gamma's 
Anchor Splash. With a motto 
of "Do Good," Delta Gamma 
enjoys hosting Anchor Splash 
to benefit Service for Sight. 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 

such as the Sport's Challenge for Cystic 
Fibrosis held by Delta Tau Delta or 
weeklong activities like Kappa Alpha's 
Frontier Days for the Muscular Dystrophy 
Association, these philanthropies give a 
greater meaning to Greek Life, showing 
Southern Miss' students just how big an 
impact they can make in this world. 

riember of Pi Beta Phi holds a puppy during Delta 
Tau Delta's Spooky Trail. The local humane society 
brings puppies to campus and members of Greek Life try 
to find them happy homes, while other Greek members 
participate in activities with the kids coming to trick or 
treat on fraternity row. 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 

Bottom: Different members of Greek Life sleep bundled 
up during "Sleep out for the Homeless." an event during 
Phi Beta Sigma's Blue and White week. Conquering cold 
weather, rain and a hard ground, these Greeks try to 
make it through the night camped out in front of Walker 
Science building to raise money for and awareness of the 
Photo by Leah Bryan 

Story by John Barr 


Philanthropy 169 

Jacquelyn Moor, a 
freshman Fashion 
Merchandising major, 
offers candy to a 
ghoulish figure during 
Homecoming Week, 
Photo by Leah Bryan 

1 70 Greek Life I Greeks Volunteer 

lending a helping hand 

In addition to 

working to raise 

money for their 

philanthropies, Greek 

students are giving 

even more time and 

effort to help above 

and beyond the call 

of duty. In the fall 

} semester alone, 

. Greek organizations 

on campus racked up 

over 2,200 volunteer 

hours — that's almost 

half of the time 

students spent in 

school during the fall 


A member of IFC Greek 
life volunteers with the 
Boys and Girls club. Here, 
he goes one-on-one with 
a boy who goes to the 
Boys and Girls club every 
afternoon when school 
lets out. 
Photo by Brettany Payne 


Greeks Volunteer 1 7 1 

Ever wanted to know what 
fraternities and sororities 
are really doing on the 
weekends? One word: 
Greek Life at Southern Miss 
is definitely all for going out and having 
fun, but ask any member of a Greek letter 
organization and they'll tell you. 

"Helping people is what we do," says Faith 
Parish, a freshman Pi Beta Phi sorority 
member from Oak Grove. "Southern Miss 
Greek Life is the social scene for the 
school, but we do so much more than 
just go out and have fun. ..we're bringing 
fun to the community" The Pi Beta Phi 
chapter here at Southern Miss helps host 
the annual Trick or Treat on Greek Street 
every Halloween, where parents of the 
surrounding Hattiesburg area can bring 
their children trick or treating in a safe and 
family-friendly environment. 

Corey Gunkel, a freshman member of the 
Alpha Tau Omega fraternity from Gulfport, 
helped out with this event. "It was really 
cool to see all the little kids dressed up 
for Halloween. I saw a Spiderman, two 
Batmans, and like ten Disney princesses 
running around and having a blast." The 
children, who ranged in age from one to 
twelve, could safely walk Greek Street 
without giving parents too much to worry 
about. Each child brought a basket with 
them and received candy at every house. 
"I always gave extra candy to the kids 
with the coolest costumes," says Corey, 
"Superman was my favorite." 

Not only is Greek Life helping around 
campus, the organizations are putting their 
volunteer hours in at many other places as 
well: for example, Chi Omega sorority and 
Pi Kappa Phi fraternity teamed up to help at 
a Habitat for Humanity house in November. 
Kevin Matthews, a member of Pi Kappa 
Phi fraternity, is a junior Criminal Justice 
major from Lafayette, Louisiana. "We got 
up really early and spent the whole day 
putting in sheet rock and painting... it was a 
good thing to do and I'm glad I got to help 
out," says Kevin, who plans on volunteering 
with Habitat for Humanity again. Emily 
Stechmann, a junior Speech Pathology 
major from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and 
a member of Chi Omega sorority, helped 
organize the volunteer event. "It's great 
when one Greek organization helps out 
and volunteers for the community, but it's 

1 72 Greek Life I Greeks Volunteer 

Chi Omega junior Lizz 
McKean from Mobile 
carries insulation into a 
home during a Habitat for 
Humanity event. Habitat 
for Humanity is a popular 
avenue of volunteering for 
Greek Life. 
Photo Submitted by 
Emily Stechmann 

Left: Miranda McCrary 
helps a young student 
with a math problem after 
school at the Boys and 
Girls' Club in Hattiesburg 
Photo by Brettany Payne 

Right Kiet Lee, a senior 

Entertainment Industry 

major, helps to repaint 

parking spaces on 


Photo by Brettany Payne 

even better when you can get two and 
team up," 

The Alpha Omicron Chapter of the Phi Mu 
sorority is another contributor of volunteer 
hours at Southern Miss. Each year, 
members of Phi Mu visit children at Forrest 
General Hospital around Halloween and 
Thanksgiving, bringing treats and gifts 
for the children. This year, the Southern 
Miss chapter of Phi Mu also made a trip 
up to Laurel, Mississippi, to visit South 
Central Regional Medical Center and to 
brighten the day of children being treated 
for a myriad of illnesses. Emily Maurer, 
president of the Phi Mu chapter, hopes 
that by spending time with the children, "... 
they know that they are loved and prayed 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is another 
Greek letter organization that volunteers 
outside of their philanthropy. In August 
2008, the members raised money to buy 
supplies for the educational enhancement 
of children at the Pace Headstart Program. 
In September, members donated these 
supplies and spent the day with the 
children. Members of Delta Sigma Theta 
are also mentors for the Big Sister/Little 
Sister program in Hattiesburg and the 
surrounding area. To encourage the 
students at Rowan Elementary School to 
do well on an upcoming statewide test, 
the organization appeared before the 
entire student body at a pep rally where 
they spoke and performed a step. Shana 
Horton, a senior Forensic Science major 
from Meridian and a member of the Delta 
Sigma Theta sorority, enjoys volunteering 
on and around campus. "Volunteering 
is so easy... I helped out with freshman 
move in day and had a blast." Shana. 
who also volunteers with the DREAM 
Center children's program, encourages all 
students, Greek or independent, to "go out 
and make a difference where you can." 

Even though each Greek organization has 
a philanthropy that members volunteer with. 
Greek students are giving even more time 
and effort to help out above and beyond 
the call of duty. Southern Miss Greek Life 
knows how to have a good time, but the 
men and women that call themselves 
Greek can also add another title to their 
name-professional volunteer. 

Story by Marie John 

Greeks Volunteer 1 73 



) greeks get fancy 

Elaborate, beautiful dresses. Guys in suits or tuxes. 
Great dinners followed by dancing and entertainment. 
This is obviously talking about prom, right? Wrong. This 
is just a very brief description of what formats are like. 


Sophomore Emily Hagin catches junior Mary Schindler 
mid-dance at the Chi Omega Formal. Despite nice 
dresses and a fancier atmosphere, Greeks still manage 
to have an adequate amount of fun at formal events. 
Photo submitted by Emily Stechmann 

1 74 Greek Life I Formals 

Jayson Newell, left, a junior Political Science major 
from Ridgeland, Mississippi, and Travis Raley, a junior 
Coaching and Sports Administration major from Energy, 
Mississippi, get down at the Kappa Delta formal. 
Photo submitted by Lauren Richards 

ormals are a well-loved 
tradition among the 
Greek community here 
at Southern Miss and 
one many organizations 
take very seriously. From 
crowning awards to great meals at 
great restaurants to just dancing and 
having a blast; Greek formals are well 
received events, year-in and year-out for 
many different reasons for many different 

Chi Omega, for example, uses their formal 
as a celebration of their newest members. 
"It's the unveiling of our new initiates. ..It's 
our opportunity to welcome them to our 
organization as well as present them to 
their family and friends" said Holli Quiroz, 
a sophomore Broadcast Journalism and 
Political Science double major from Petal, 
Mississippi. Quiroz finds the special 
treatment of their newest members to 
be very heart warming. "They are given 

a song just for them to dance with their 
father. It's absolutely beautiful." 

Some girls, such as Alpha Delta Pi member 
Nicole Whiteman, enjoy it for the nostalgia 
it brings. "My favorite thing about a formal 
is getting dressed up, going to dinner, 
and reliving those old 'prom days' of high 
school," said Whiteman, a senior Special 
Education and Psychology major from New 
Orleans. "There's nothing like getting all 
fancied up in a formal gown then breaking 
it down on the dance floor with the people 
that you love." 

But the fun isn't just for the ladies. Many 
fraternities hold formals every year as 
well. "I know our formal is a blast every 
year. Getting to dress up in antebellum 
outfits has a real classic feel to it," said 
Matt Maddox, a junior History major 
from Magee, Mississippi, and member 
of Kappa Alpha Order. "Old South is a 
tradition with KA's across the nation, which 

adds to the joy. We know we are sharing 
years of heritage not just with our chapter, 
but with the whole fraternity." Many other 
fraternities on campus also host formals 
that are not only particular to their chapter, 
but to the national fraternity as well. This 
helps instill that since of tradition that is so 
integral in Greek life. 

No matter why one enjoys their formals, 
they are enjoyed by all. Some enjoy it for 
the nostalgia, some for the celebration of 
new members, and some just for the fun of 
it. Quiroz puts it all in perspective: "When I 
look around on formal night, I realize there 
is truly no other group of women I'd be 
more honored to be a part of." 

Story by Alan Wheat 

The crowd at the Delta Tau Delta Chrismas Formal takes 
to the dance floor. While some formals do not have 
themes, many Greek organizations give a theme to a 
formal to help set the mood for the evening. 
Photo submitted by David Mora 




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Formals 1 75 



The ladies of Delta 
Sigma Theta strutted 
into first place at the 
step contest. Strutting is 
performed by the female 
members of NPHC. 
Photo by Brettany Payne 

The Nu Eta chapter of Omega Psi Pi fraternity 
was the first nationally African American 

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gentlemen art ,,^„.. _ ; . .-:-,., 

performances in their hops. 
Photo by Brettany Payne 

united by rhythm 

Right: Arian White, 

a Human Resource 

Management major, struts 

to "Out Here Grinding." 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 

It's a particularly tense Thursday at noon, 
and for the first time since the original four 
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) 
organizations were chartered in 1975, 
a hop contest is being held in Bennett 

"The location and amount of NPHC hop 
contests changed this year in an effort to 
provide a higher quality program in a more 
controlled environment," said Valencia 
Walls, Greek Life Coordinator and the 
adviser for the National Pan-Hellenic 

Representatives from all eight of the 
NPHC fraternities and sororities currently 
on campus were anxiously awaiting their 
audience on the steps of Bennett. 

"NPHC was hesitant about the change at 
first, but the first show proved it was well 
worth the effort. We were surprised by the 
attendance and were very pleased with the 
overall event," said Walls. 

All worries about the new location were over 
at 12:15. Even before the event started, the 
crowd was roaring with excitement as the 
Greeks hopped on and around the stage. 

By 12:30, Bennett Auditorium was packed 
to capacity with over 900 students. "After 
a hard fought summer looking to find a 
compromise, I was honestly relieved that 
we were able to keep the event. I didn't 
have high expectations for the hop contest 
because it was not in our ideal location, but 
I was pleasantly surprised to see the event 
have the turnout it did. We continue to think 
of new ways to increase exposure for all 
eight organizations," said Keith Lampkin, 
President of the NPHC and a Political 
Science major from Bentonia, Mississippi. 

One by one, each Greek organization took 
the stage, and the crowd roared after every 
performance. "I initially thought that it would 
be more than difficult to get such a large 
number of students into the auditorium. I 
was surprised at how the students came 
to order without much confusion," said 
Ordavion Charleston, a member of Kappa 
Alpha Psi and a Forensic Science major 
from Crystal Springs, Mississippi. 

Hop contests provide an opportunity for 
organizations to display their unique styles 
of stepping and traditional aspects of their 
fraternity or sorority. Many Greeks find 
stepping and hopping as a positive way to 

express themselves. "Hopping is definitely 
a great stress reliever and, although we 
weren't on the yard, Bennett Auditorium 
was a cool environment. It made for a more 
organized event," said LaCharles Green, 
a member of Phi Beta Sigma and a senior 
Management Information Systems major 
from Crystal Springs. 

"It was great to see every NPHC organization 
together on one stage and the traffic flow in 
Bennett was smooth and the show had a 
lot of organization that it once lacked," said 
Debra Quave, a Delta Sigma Theta and a 
Tourism Management major from Gautier. 

While hop contests have moved indoors 
this year, they still retain their essential 
spirit: pride, exuberance, and tradition. 
If you listen closely, you can still hear the 
sound of stomping caught in the Southern 
Miss air, and if you see Bennett shaking... 
well, now you know why. 

Story by Brettany Payne 

1 76 Greek Life | Hop Contest 

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Above: The Mu Xi chapter of Alpha Phi 

Alpha fraternity claimed 2nd place with this 

hop at the step contest. The Alpha's are 

also well known for their training, a style \ 

of stepping that concentrates more on 


Photo by Jennifer Sansing 



Kappa Alpha Psi memebers stroll along 
to "Amazing.'' The Kappa lota chapter is 
especially known for thier smooth strolls 
their cane twirling. 
Photo by Brettany Payne 

The Tneta Eta c-acte' of 

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Photo by Brettany Payne 

Hop Contest 177 

who wouldn't want to put 
on a costume and party? 

Lights illuminate the dance floor at a Tri Delta/Sigma Chi/ 
Kappa Delta/Pike superswap. A superswap is a testament 
to the power of Greek unity: four greek organizations 
putting their differences aside to fraternize together. 
Photo submitted by Jessica Dejean 

1 78 Greek Life | Swaps and Date Parties 


Ever wondered what it's like to have only 
an hour to find a date for a party? Ask any 
Greek and they'll tell you what it's really like. 

"Parties are one of the best parts of 
being Greek," says freshman Lauren 
Arceneaux, a General Studies major 
from Hattiesburg. "I loved going to my 
first swap... it was so much fun and I have 
a t-shirt to remember it by." 

Swaps are basically when a sorority and 
fraternity get together at a venue, hire a 
DJ, and party away the stress from school. 
Lauren, a member of the Tri Delta sorority, 
looks back on her swap with Alpha Tau 
Omega as a much needed break from 
school. "I remember being stressed about 
a paper or something and it was really 
good to just pile up on the party busses 
and dance the night away." 

After dealing with teachers, tests, projects 
and everything else that college throws 
at you, it's good to have some fun. The 
gentleman of Pi Kappa Phi rang in the 
2008 Presidential Election by holding a 
"Presidents and First Ladies" swap with 
the women of Chi Omega. Costumes 
decked out in red, white and blue were 
a hit, and Sarah Palin look-alikes were 
everywhere. Ethan Popovich, a freshman 
Accounting major from Madisonville, 
Louisiana, and a member of the Pi Kappa 
Phi fraternity, enjoyed all the American 
spirit. "We went out there, had some fun, 
and came back with some good memories 
and even better t-shirts." 

Maci Rodrigue, a freshman Marketing 
major from Petal, Mississippi, is a member 
of the Kappa Delta sorority. The "Lookin- 
For-a-Few-Good-Men" themed Grab-a- 
Date put on by Kappa Delta gave Maci and 
her sisters just one hour to find a date and 
be back at the house to load the buses. "It 
was so funny trying to find a date that was 
free... I texted like fifteen different guys," 
she said. The Grab-a-Date, held downtown 
at the Bottling Company, gave the ladies of 
Kappa Delta some time to get down and 
have some fun. 

Sigma Chi fraternity and Delta Gamma 
sorority had their annual swap this past 
semester, where the party revolved around 
togas and top-notch DJ. Dailee Eubanks, 
a sophomore Business Management 
major from Lucedale, Mississippi, had a 
blast at the event. "Who wouldn't want to 
wear a toga and have some fun with the 
men of Sigma Chi?" 

All in all, Greeks know how to shake the 
stress of a hectic week here at Southern 
Miss. When it comes to throwing down 
and having some fun, the members of 
fraternities and sororities know how to 
have a party. ...and make t-shirts. 

Story by Marie John 

Sophomores Jazmine Doswell from Mobile and Will 
Clarke from Daphne, Alabama, dance at the Pi Kappa 
Phi and Chi Omega "Presidents and First Ladies" Swap 
Swap themes allow members of fraternities and sororities 
to stretch their imagination and creativity by making 
clever costumes for themed events 
Photo submitted by Jazmine Doswell 

Hattiesburg natives Kaylee Cole, Suzanna Ellzey, 
and Skye Bailey gather at a Tri Delta Date Party. 
Date parties are a time for Greeks to have fun with 
their dates and fellow Greeks. 
Photo submitted by Suzanna Ellzey 

The bus ride to and from a Greek Life date party or 
swap is always a memorable time This group of 
revelers awaits arrival to a Delta Gamma date party 
Photo submitted by Katie Clark 

Andrew Crane, Nick Ursin, 
Chad Schultz, and John 
Gernon Glorioso sport 
their biceps and assorted 
hats at a Pi Beta Phi date 
party. Many sororities use 
props such as matching 
hats as a method to reveal 
dates before a party. 
Photo submitted by 
Esther Dollar 

Swaps and Date Parties 1 79 

During the day, fraternity 
houses serve as functional 
living spaces but at night lights, 
speakers, stages, and the 
bands that come to perform 
attract students from all over 
campus. This photo of a Sigma 
Chi party shows eager students 
awaiting a band's next set. 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 



Myers Marshall, a freshman from 
Daphne, Alabama, attends every 
Pi Kappa Phi band party. Marshall 
especially enjoys the wonderfully 
lame karaoke nights where he can 
hear the souful serenading of his 
fellow fraternity brothers. 
Photo by Leah Bryan 



Even students from other 
universities enjoy Southern Miss' 
nightlife. Ben Joseph, a native of 
jlf Shores. Alabama, frequently 
ays on fraternity row with the 
and Hayden Corner. Here, his 
band entertains students visiting 
the Sig Ep house. 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 



both off and on The Row 

As the sun sets, the mood on campus 
begins to change. Worries fade as the 
stress of the day ebbs away. Concerns, 
like classes, are for tomorrow. Night 
falls, and the center of the campus 
shifts from the Dome towards the edges 
of campus and beyond for Greek- 
sponsored parties everyone can enjoy. 

"If you had a really long week, you can 
still stay on campus, but with the feeling 
of escape from the stress of schools" said 
freshman Geneva Torrence, a Pi Beta 
Phi General Studies major from Jackson. 
"Being on the Row is just a time to be 
social and see your friends in a casual 

In addition to more traditional party fare, 
the Row is also frequently host to many 
diverse musical acts. Local bands, student 
groups, and even big name acts come 
to perform for the Southern Miss student 
body. With a nice, friendly environment, it 
is a great opportunity to listen to either your 
favorite band or to sample local flavor. 

^Music is a great way to bring people 

together," said Mary Monks, a junior 
Forensic Science major from Bay St. Louis, 
Mississippi. "It lets people feel that they can 
be themselves and rock out." 


"It's always really crowded," said Ransome 
Clarke, a junior Pi Kappa Phi Marketing 
major from Daphne,AlabSma, "but it's really 
fun at the same time — having everyone in 
one room jumping around having a great 
time together." , 

This year, many of the fraternities and 
sororities of the IFC, CPC, and NPHC 
have traveled off the Row, expanding their 
options by utilizing local venues. Alpha 
Tau Omega Fraternity, for example, raised 
money for their philanthropy Habitat for 
Humanity through their concert featuring 

Juvenile at the Bottling Company. 

"The concert was one of my best 
college experiences so far," said 
freshman Mitchell Bordelon, an Alpha 
Tau Omega Business Administration and 
Entrepreneurship major from Harahan, 
Louisiana. "Not only did the concert raise 
money for Habitat for Humanity, but it was 
also a great reward for all of the hard work 
that we did for our philanthropy." 

Even if students do not belong to any 
Greek organization on campus, they are 
still welcome to partake in events on the 
Row. "I think that Greek Life on campus 
is a great way to get involved and build 
leadership skills and relationships, but it's 
not for everyone," said Monks. "I chose not 
to do this because I'm just not the person 
to settle down to one group, and I like to be 
able to be independent while growing as a 
person in other wave: I never felt that I was 
unwelcome on the Row because I was an 
independent.' f \ 

the reality of life comes back into clear view. 
The sun peaks over one end of campus, 
and classes can only follow. Th# Row 
empties, becomes quiet... until nightfall, at 
least. ^%^*_ * 

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A grcajp of Southern Miss students enjoy 
the Alpha Pi Alpha's 'MM All-Black 
Attire" party. The Palace, packed to the 
brim, was the perfect location for after- 
hours Greek fun. 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 

Greek Night Life 181 

182 Organizations | NPHC 


incoming officers and group activities 

1 . NPHC participated in Martin Luther King Day of 
Service. Community service projects were held at 
three different sites in the Hattiesburg community, and 
this picture was taken at the Salvation Army Boys and 
Girls Club. 
Photo submitted by NPHC 

2. NPHC held its annual NPHC Retreat. This 
year's facilitator was Rasheed Cromwell, Esq. 
of the Harbor Institute who spoke about the 
"MisEducation of the Black Greek" 
Photo submitted by NPHC 

3. NPHC proudly inducts new officers at 
the end of every fall semester. From left to right. 
Omari Pittman, Parliamentarian, Tara Houston, 
Treasurer, Brandon Dobson, President, Cher 
Warren. Secretary, Brandon Davis. Social Chair. 
Jennifer Rosebur, Philanthropy Chair, Erick McGee 
serves as Vice President, and Valencia Walls 
serves as their advisor. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

NPHC 182 

M l"it 

Chapter Name: Eta Zeta 
Charter Date: 1 985 
Nickname: A Dee Pi 
Colors: Azure blue and white 
President: Nicole Charlet 


Lion's Share Challenge Week 
benefitting the Ronald McDonald 

1 84 Greeks | Alpha Delta Phi 


Alpha Kappa Alpha 185 


Chapter Name: Epsilon Delta 
Charter Date: 1 949 
Nickname: Chi O 

Colors: Cardinal and straw 
President: Kristen Cangiamilla 


Songfest benefitting the Make-A-Wish 

1 86 Greeks | Chi Omega 

Chapter Name: Phi Epsilon 
Charter Date: 1951 
Nickname: Tri Delt 
Colors: Silver, gold and blue 
President: Carrie Percy 


Tri-Delt Triple Play benefitting St. Jude's 
Children's Research Hospital 

Delta Delta Delta 187 

Chapter Name: Delta Pi 
Charter Date: 1971 
Nickname: Dee Gee 

Colors: Bronze, pink, and blue 

President: Melissa Lang 

Philanthropy: Anchor Splash benefitting 
Service for Sight 

188 Greeks I Delta Gamma 




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Chapter Name: Mu Nu 
Charter Date: 1 975 
Nickname: Deltas 
Colors: Crimson and cream 
President: Arrian White 


Que Delta Week benefitting Dr. Betty 
Shabazz Delta Academy 

Delta Sigma Theta 189 


Shamrock Week benefitting Prevent Child 
Abuse America and the Girl Scouts of 

1 90 Greeks | Kappa Delta 

Chapter Name: Alpha Omicron 
Charter Date: 1961 
Colors: Rose and white 
President: Emily Maurer 


Hoopapalooza benefitting Children's 
Miracle Network 

PhiMu 191 

Chapter Name: Mississippi Alpha 
Charter Date: 1961 
Nickname: Pi Phi 
Colors: Wine and silver blue 
President: Amanda Mele 


Arrow Strike benefitting Arrowmont School 
of Arts and Crafts 

192 Greeks I Pi Beta Phi 

Sigma Gamma Rho 193 


The Mr. Esquire Pageant benefitting 
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 
and Breast Cancer Awareness 

194 Organizations | Alpha Phi Alpha 

Alpha Tau Omega 195 

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Chapter Name: Zeta Chi 
Charter Date: 1986 
Nickname: Delts 
Colors: Purple, white, and gold 
President: Carl Thomas 


Sports Challenge benefitting 
Cystic Fibrosis 

1 96 Greeks I Delta Tau Delta 

Chapter Name: Epsilon Psi 

Charter Date: 2005 

Nickname: lotas 

Colors: Charcoal brown and gilded gold 

President: Kiet Lee 


The Afya Njema Program, The I.O.T.A. Youth 
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lota Phi Theta 197 

198 Greeks | Kappa Alpha Psi 

Chapter Name: Kappa lota 
Charter Date: 1980 
Nickname: Kappas 
Colors: Crimson and cream 
President: Todd Javery 


St. Jude's Children's Research 

Kappa Alpha 199 

Chapter Name: Nu Eta 

Charter Date: 1 975 

Nickname: Q Dogs 

Colors: Royal purple amd old gold 

President: Darius Fortenberry 


Achievement Week benefitting 
scholarship programs 

200 Greeks | Omega Psi Phi 

Phi Beta Sigma 201 

Chapter Name: Beta Epsilon 
Charter Date: 1948 
Nickname: Phi Tau 
Colors: Harvard red and old gold 
President: Hank Holcomb 


Karaoke and Draw Down 
benefitting Paul Newman's Hole- 
in-the-Wall Gang 

202 Greeks | Phi Kappa Tau 

Chapter Name: Delta Mu 
Charter Date: 1 949 
Nickname: Pike 
Colors: Garnet and old gold 
President: Matthew Carr 


Draw Down benefitting the Humane 

Pi Kappa Alpha 203 

Chapter Name: Theta Alpha 

Charter Date: 1999 

Nickname: Pi Kapp 

Colors: White, gold, and royal blue 

President: Dylan Pair 


Pi Kapp Classic benefitting PUSH 

204 Greeks | Pi Kappa Phi 

Chapter Name: Mississippi Sigma 
Charter Date: 1965 
Nickname: SAE 

Colors: Royal purple and old gold 
President: Kyle Baker 


Charity Bowl benefitting Hattiesburg 
Civitan Camp 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon 205 


Derby Days benefitting Children's 
Miracle Network 

206 Greeks | Sigma Chi 

Chapter Name: Theta Gamma 
Charter Date: 1968 
Colors: Black, gold, and white 
Presdient: Marcus Dufour 


Snake week benefitting the Dubard's 
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Jude Children's Hospital 

Sigma Nu 207 


Chapter Name: Mississippi Gamma 

Charter Date: 1 953 

Nickname: Sig Ep 

Colors: Red, purple, and gold 

President: Adam Alfonso 


Chili Cook-off benefitting The Yough AIDS 

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They are academic, 
extracurricular. They're the 
Pride and the Dixie Darlings, 
the Picture Perfect Models, and 
the Baptist Student Union. They're 
politics and art and science and 
honors. They're what you love. They're 
your deepest drives, your ambitions. 
They're forums for your passion. They're 
the meetings you run across campus to 
make. They're campaigns and elections 
and officers. They're dues and dividends. 
investments and rewards. Join. Create. If 
there's not one yet, it's just a charter away. 
They're fun. They're booths at recruitment 
fairs and at Preview. They're new members, 
old members, and members in between. 
They're organizations: some small, some 
large; some old and others fledging. They are 
the anchors of spirit, the vectors of involvement, 
the people and causes you find yourself 
inexplicably devoted to. They're posters 
and flyers. They're bake sales and charity 
drives. They're inductions and membership 
applications. If you're really lucky, they're 
even scholarships. They're shared faiths 
and shared moments, afternoons spent in 
each other's company. They're hobbies 
and ideologies and philosophies. 
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Table of Contents 

214 Organizations | Table of Contents 

Afro-American Student Oraanization 236 

Air Force ROTC 238 

Alpha Lambda Delta 228 

Alpha Psi Omega 245 

Army ROTC 266 

Campus Civitan 244 

Catholic Student Association 241 

Community of God in Christ Fellowship 245 

College Democrats 248 

College Republicans 249 

Dixie Darlings 220 

Eagle Ambassadors 251 

Eagle Connection 232 

Forensic Society 269 

Generation 6:20 258 

Graduate Student Associations 252 

Health Ambassadors 250 

Honors College Ambassadors 235 

IDEAL Women 255 

Lambda Sigma 244 

The Legacy 256 

Men of Excellence 242 

Picture Perfect Models 264 

Residence Hall Association 226 

Society of Physics Students 229 

Southern Miss Activities Council 218 

Southern Style 260 

Stage Monkeys 234 

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Student Broadcasters Association 234 

Student Dietetics Organization 259 

Student Government Association 246 

Student Printz 230 

Student Speech & Hearing Association 268 

Students In Free Enterprise 254 

The Pride 222 

Wesley Foundation 240 

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1 . SMAC members gather for a group 
shot at the Power House restaurant. 

2. Earnest Carter, a senior Buisiness 

major from Hazlehurst, Mississippi, is known 
to SMAC members as "king of the Coke 
booth." He dutifully mans his post and 
quenches the thirs of Friday Night at 
the Fountain attendees. 

3. Kiet Lee, a senior Entertainment Industry 
major, serves cotton candy. 

4. Children dress up in creative costumes 

at the annual Halloween Carnival sponsored 
by SMAC. 

5. Emily Guyton, a graduate assistant for 
Student Activities, participates in one of 
the inflatable games, also at the SMAC 
sponsored Friday Night at the Fountain. 

Lights, check. Music, check. School spirit, check to the top! 

Everything that a college student could expect from a university and 
more, provided by the Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC). 

SMAC comprises a group of students 
dedicated to spicing up student life at 
Southern Miss. From Friday Night at the 
Fountain to Crawfish Fest to Music at the 
Power House, SMAC is tirelessly dedicated 
to supplying Southern Miss students with 
plenty of opportunities to have fun and 
enjoy college life to the fullest. 

Known in past years by the name 
University Activities Council (UAC), SMAC 
has not only received a new moniker, 
but an entire revamp of its structure. The 
members of SMAC belong to one of four 
subgroups — Music and Power House, Arts 
and Entertainment, Public Relations, and 
Event Crew — compared to UAC, which 
had less clear divisions of responsibilities. 
"With SMAC, you have everything working 
together," said Arts and Entertainment 
Co-Chair Janet Thompson, a sophomore 
Tourism Management major from Slidell, 
Louisiana. "There is basically a checkpoint 
system now, making sure that everyone 
is on the same page. It keeps everybody 

involved and makes the group more close- 

"This year we went from three pep rallies 
to seven," noted Joel Hughes, the Student 
Activities Manager and SMAC Advisor. 
"We want to show school spirit as much 
as we can." In addition to the Music at the 
Power House events, Alesha Knox, Arts 
and Entertainment Chair, created Live Love 
Listen, which is when unsigned bands on 
campus play their music, usually held at 
the Power House. 

"The performers are just some local 
students interested in playing their music," 
said president Brian Harris, a Sports 
Management major from River Ridge, 
Louisiana in his senior year. "It's a place 
where people can relax, eat good food, 
and hear new music." 

On campus, SMAC represents the unity 
of the student body through engaging 
and fun activities. "It represents a tool 

to bring together the student body," said 
Thompson. "SMAC is able to connect with 
so many different groups on campus. We 
have something for everyone." 

"Our biggest challenge is making sure that 
each event runs smoothly," said Hughes. 
"The reward for our hard work is the 
opportunity to provide a service back to 
students, helping them to make the most 
of their college experience." 

SMAC is popcorn, cotton candy, and live 
music on Friday Nights at the Fountain 
before a football game. SMAC is the 
mountains of crawfish at Crawfish Fest 
in the spring. More than anything else, 
though, SMAC is the group of people who 
work so hard to make memorable events at 
Southern Miss look so easy. 

Story by John Barr 
All photos by Christopher Bostick 

218 Organizations | SMAC 


with high kicks and higher spirits 

crisp, autumnal breeze; the 
spirited music of the Pride of 
Mississippi marching band; 
■■ and the roar of the crowd at 
.MM Roberts Stadium on a 
Saturday. This is the setting for many of 
Southern Miss' most cherished traditions, 
including the high-stepping performances 
of the Dixie Darlings. Subtract the crowd 
and substitute the football stadium for the 
empty space of Pride Field and you find 
yourself at a Dixie Darlings practice, and 
that's where Brittany Keely stands, beneath 
the afternoon sun. 

The senior from Bay St Louis smiles. "The 
most rewarding part of being a Dixie Darling 
is performing out on the field with everyone 
cheering you on," she says, rolling her 
shoulders expectantly. A few nights before 
practice, the Dixie Darlings were joined by 
several of their alumnae in preparation for 
homecoming, an experience Keely says 
she will always cherish. "It's really neat to 
see how many alumnae come back, and to 
hear stories from when they were on the 



Rebecca Davis, a senior Fashion 
Merchandising major from Picayune, 
Mississippi agrees. "The Dixie Darlings 
are like a lifelong sisterhood," she says, 
"because you perform together and 
make great memories. The alumnae 
returning proves that once you're a Dixie 
Darling, you're always a Dixie Darling." 

Keely nods. "It's cool to be part of this 
tradition," she says. "Everyone on campus 
knows the Dixie Darlings. And I've met so 
many wonderful girls who I know I'll be 
friends with forever." 


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jrnajor Erika 

Pattman from Columbus. 
Mississippi, flashes a 
smile to the stadium as 
she performs with fello 
Darlings during half tir 
by JaVokco Harri 

Organizations | Dixie Darlings- 

"The memories are a great part of it all," 
Davis says. "My first year, we flew up to 
Green Bay to perform. We flew up and 
back on the same day, and that journey 
was one of the best things I've experienced 
in college altogether." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 

A riveting performance 

full of energy, the Dixie 

Darlings entertain the 

crowd during Friday Night 

at the Fountain. 

Photo by Calvin Wu 

Picture this. It's game day at the Rock. 
The Golden Eagles have just marched 
down the field against a tough defense. 
Finally, Damion Fletcher breaks into the 
end zone and scores. The fans roar, the 

canon goes off, and... well. ..that's it. 

No fight song, no trumpets blaring, 
and no snare drums snaring. Nothing. 

That is Southern Miss football without the 
Pride, our nationally acclaimed, dearly 
beloved marching band. Even before a 
game starts, the Pride is one of the first 
things the fans see at the Eagle Walk. 
Whether it's opening the game with the 
Pride Fanfare and Battle Hymn, playing the 
fight song after a touchdown, starting up 
"Hey Baby" in the fourth quarter, or closing 
the game with the Alma Mater, the 
Pride delivers before, during, and after 
the game. 

"Each pre-game, it always sends 

chills down my spine when we 

play the Pride Fanfare and 

Battle Hymn. There is 

no feeling like it," 

said senior 



Kody Killens, a Music Education major 
from Poplarville, Mississippi. In addition 
to that, they always provide the crowd 
with a great halftime show that keeps 
people in the seats and provides 
more entertainment. Without _^ 

the Pride, game days at 
the Rock wouldn't be 
the same. 

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Pounding away at the cadence, the The Pride's drumline 
sets the beat as the band marches to the stadium. 
Photo by Brettany Payne 

222 Organizations | The Pride* 

marching to the beat of their own drum 

But it's not just about what the Pride 
provides for the fans — it's about what 
it provides for the members of the band 
as well. "Participating with so many people 
from so many different backgrounds 
to reach one common goal is a great 
feeling," said Lauren Furtick, a sophomore 
color guard member and Nursing major 
from Boonesville, Mississippi. Flutist 

Stephanie Stilts, a junior Music Education 
major from Thibodaux, Louisiana, shared 
similar sentiments: "It's great to hang out 
with all the people I've been with since 
the beginning of college as well as all the 
new people." 

"The best moment is just after the band 
finishes playing the National Anthem 

during pre game... the crowd response is 
always amazing," said Drew Meriwether, 
a senior Biological Sciences major 
and saxophonist from Charlottesville, 
Virginia. Others, like Killens, just revel 
in the ability of the Pride: "My favorite 
part of being in the Pride is knowing that 
I'm in one of the best marching bands in 
the country." 

The Pride 22, 

All marching starts with the 

fundamentals: straight lines, 

attention towards the drum 

major, chests up towards the 

sound box, an awareness of 

breath, step, pure connectivity. 

Each set symbolizes a single 

moment in time in which some 

200 people know the exact 

position and future movements 

of one another. 

Photo by Erin Wojtala 

It isn't always sunshine and flowers for 
those in the Pride however. The Pride is a 
serious part of the lives of all its members, 
and the time they spend is a testament 
to that. "Being in the Pride takes up a lot 
of time and performances can get tricky," 
said Stilts. She isn't the only member of 
the Pride that feels this way, either. "Being 
in the Pride is a huge commitment. It's a 
lot of hard work, and there are many hours 
put into it. You really have to love doing 
it," said Killens. Luckily, the Pride is full of 
members who love their band. 

"In my four years in the Pride there have 
been three director changes; as a result 
the band has had to adjust itself to three 
different marching styles in four years," 
said Meriwether. This would put significant 
strain on any band, but the members 
of the Pride pulled together and made it 
work. Now, having had the same director 
for two consecutive years, the band has 
enjoyed the consistency. "It's the second 
year in a row we've had the same band 
director which is comforting because I 
didn't have to worry about the way things 
were going to be," said Stilts. Meriwether 
agreed: "Since last year, the difficulty [of 
switching directors] has been alleviated. 
Now we have a permanent director in Mr. 
Schuman." Mohamed Schuman joined 
The Pride after a 1 4 year tenure as Director 
of Bands at Stone County High School. 

In the end, the Pride is about having fun 
and delivering quality performances, and 
they do both at each and every home 
game and even some away games. "Trips 
are always fun because we get to see each 
other somewhere besides just the practice 
fields," said Stilts. "Away games really 
allow us to show more people what being 
in the Pride is about," said Meriwether. 
Some, like Furtick, just enjoys the aspect 
of performing the most: "It keeps me in 
front of a crowd and lets me continue my 
color guard experience past high school 
into college." 

Eagle Walk. The National Anthem. Pre- 
game. Halftime. Post-game. Whichever 
aspect of the Pride's performance stands 
out the most to you, it's safe to say that 
they help make the game day experience, 
for both fans and band members alike. 

"You experience things other students 
can't. It's a chance to travel, a chance to 
make friends, and it allows you to develop 
a greater sense of pride in the band and 
the university," explained Furtick. 

Being one of the longest tenured members 
of the Pride, Killens really sums it up the 
best. "We've worked hard each year, and 
we've always brought the high quality 
performances that the Pride of Mississippi 
is known for. There are a lot of University 
marching bands who are larger than us, 
but there are very few that bring a better 
quality to the table than we do." 

Story by Alan Wheat 




224 Organizations | The Pride 

Bernardo V Miethe a junior Music Perfofmace major from 
Valencia. Venezuela jumps to attention to play a melody 
on his flute during one of the black and gold ball games 

Photo by Elizabeth Warshaucr 


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Color guard member Mandy Deese. a Music Education 
major from Marianna. Florida, twirls her flag as she 
marches onto the field during one of The Pride's 
entertaining halftime performances 
Photo by Elizabeth Warshauer 

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Ralfe Oldham a junior Music Education major from 
Ridgeland. Mississippi marches to his drum as he makes 
his way to the stadium dunng the famous Eagle Walk 
Photo by Elizabeth Warshaucr 

The Pride 225 




in residence life 

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) 
has made many improvements this year 
in its programming efforts. From Casino 
Night to the Welcome Back Bash, the RHA 
has transformed its image from a little 
known group on campus to a booming 
organization that hosts fun-for-all events. 

"My biggest challenge was just to 
restructure the organization," said Sean 
Peters, a junior Finance major from 
Gulfport and the Director of the RHA. "I 
wanted to focus on creating more diversity, 
retention, and policy changes within the 
group itself while following the rules and 
regulations of the university. Our motto is 
'Living, Learning, Leading," he adds. That 
motto is what the RHA has strived to live up 
to throughout this year. 

Aside from throwing campus events, RHA 
makes sure that the resident's needs 
are met. Whether through dorm repair 
requests or just having someone to talk to, 
the students at Southern Miss depend on 
this growing organization more than one 
would think. "I like helping the residents 
and getting involved," said sophomore 
Elementary Education major Blair Lenore, 
a native of Columbia, Mississippi, "We 
should all be leaving it better than we found 

Making improvements is the central part of 
what RHA does. "What I think I've learned 

most is how to be a leader and how to be 
diplomatic," said Sarah Hoffman, a freshman 
Political Science major from Mobile. "A lot of the 
decisions that we make here affect the residents 
and we have to keep that in mind." 

Some use RHA as a stepping stone to become 
a Resident Assistant, where they can focus 
their efforts on a single residence hall. Nola 
Stewart, a junior Biological Science major 
from Columbus, Mississippi, recently made the 
transition from RHA to RA this spring. "I think 
any organization helps you branch out," she 
said. "The reason I wanted to do RHA was to 
get my name out in Residence Life." 

Though students may not know the lengths 
that the Resident Hall Association goes to to 
make residence life a better experience on 
campus, they are constantly working, moving 
in new directions. With membership increasing, 
continued excellence in programming, and 
proper promotion, the RHA is set to continue 
growing in the years to come, offering an 
enhanced experience to the thousands of 
students that make Southern Miss not just a 
university, but a home. 

Story and photos by Divah Griffin 

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226 Organizations 

The Residence Hall Association aimed to create a 
positive and social environment through its Casino Night. 
Programs like this allow the representatives of RHA to 
reach out to residents of all walks of life in their goal to 
effectively promote "Living, Learning, Leading." 

* * 

This group of students participate in a Twister showdown 
on Casino Night, fiercely guarding their territory of green, 
yellow, blue, and red circles. Each of these residents dealt 
with the mental competition of knowing that their fall could 
mean toppling every other person in the line. To the right, a 
casino game sits on a table waiting to be enjoyed. 








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learning how to lead 

Ipha Lambda Delta, a 
national honor society, was 
founded in 1924 by Maria 
Leonard, the Dean of Women 
at the University of Illinois, 
Ho recognize academic 

excellence among freshmen women. One 
year earlier, Dean Thomas Arkle Clark had 
founded Phi Eta Sigma, an honor society 
to recognize academic excellence among 
freshmen men. Both groups operated as 
single sex organizations until the mid-70s 

when they became Coeducational. The 
first national convention was held in 1930 
on the campus of the University of Illinois. 
Alpha Lambda Delta has been active in 
the The Association of College Honor 
Societies since its admission in 1939 and 
the organization has a long and prestigious 
history at Southern Miss. 

Alpha Lambda Delta has continued to 
celebrate academic excellence among 
first year students and has grown to over 
250 chapters while initiating over 750,000 
students. The National Council, which 
governs the organization, has invested 
resources and gifts from local chapters, 
national council members, former 
fellowship recipients, and friends of the 
Society over the years so that the Perpetual 
Fellowship Fund now exceeds $3 million 
and can provide income to support 35 
undergraduate scholarships of $1,000- 
$3,000 each and 23 graduate fellowships 
from $3,000 to $7,500. 

The Southern Miss chapter of Alpha 
Lambda Delta is advised by Audrey Morgan 
Charoglu and each member must maintain 
a 3.5 or higher GPA while staying in the top 
20% of their class during their first year or 
term at school. 

President Courtney Guess attributes many 
of her acquired leadership skills to Alpha 
Lambda Delta. "The organization has truly 
taught me how to be a leader," says Guess, 
never thought I could benefit so much 
from a student group." Chelsa Williams, 
a sophomore Biological Sciences major 
from Biloxi, serves as this year's treasurer 
for Alpha Lambda Delta. "I enjoy working 
closely with the organization... it's a great 
way to learn time management skills and it 
brings out the best in me." 

Story by Marie John 
Photo by Christy Dyess 

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Physics may seem to be a 
subject that can easily send 
some people running scared, 
but other students relish the 
chance to explore the very 
rules by which the world and all things 
in it are set in motion. The Society of 
Physics Students (SPS) is an organization 
dedicated to showing others that physics 
is not just for the math whizzes or up- 
and-coming scientists, but that physics is 
relevant to any and everyone. 

"Our main goal is to promote interest 
in physics both in the academic and 
nonacademic community," says Ty 
McCleery, President of SPS and a junior 
from Mobile majoring in both Physics and 
Mathematics. He says they want to " 

people that physics is not something to 
be afraid of. You can use it to help solve 
problems in everyday life." The Society 
of Physics Students is open to anyone 
interested in joining and also has its own 
honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, which 
holds an annual congress where physics 
students are afforded the opportunity to 
meet professionals in the field. 

SPS also does community service work, 
recruits new students to Southern Miss, and 
goes to high schools to do demonstrations. 
"We try to go out and show people the 
practical applications of physics," says 
Kileigh Peturis, Vice-President of SPS and 
a senior Physics major from Robertsdale, 
Alabama. The SPS is taking even further 
strides to educate others. "We're trying to 

get a physics class at a Mississippi high 
school," says Peturis. She explains that 
high schools in Mississippi don't require 
physics classes and they want to make 
the option available for the students who 
would otherwise be left unexposed to the 
field until college. 

The Society of Physics students has 
transformed itself from a small, unknown 
group into a growing organization with 
bright prospects and an honest, achievable 
mission statement. SPS strives to share 
their knowledge and passion for their 
chosen field with their community at large. 
With new ideas and dedicated members, 
this organization is sure to change the face 
of physics. 

Story by Divah Griffin 
Photo by Calvin Wu 

Society of Physics Students 229 

spreading the words 

Have you ever opened the Student Printz, 
read one of those human interest articles, 
and wondered, "Who writes this stuff?" 
The Printz is a group of students, hidden 
away in the basement of Southern Hall 
who have an active interest in making sure 
that the Southern Miss student body is 
always in the know. "It's a very dedicated 
professional staff that puts out the paper 
and every effort is taken to try to inform the 
students and community," says Bob Worth, 
a staff writer and senior Political Science 
major from Long Beach, Florida. 

And inform is exactly what they do — twice 
a week. The dedicated members of The 
Printz meet a week ahead to plan their next 
issues. "That adds to the work," says Worth. 
"It makes our deadlines a little tighter, but I 
think it's a good balance." 

But being on The Printz isn't just a hobby, 
it's an actual job. "It's a great place to work 
whether you are a Journalism major or 
not," says Abby McMullen, a senior News 
Editorial major from Hattiesburg and the 
web editor for the Printz. "We've got some 
really great people down here." 

The Student Printz also encourages people 
to look past their intimidating location and 
join the paper. "I would like to see more 
student involvement. People tend to forget 
that you just have to be a student to be in 
the organization, not a student journalist," 
says Andy Hess, editor of the Student 
Printz and a senior from Pensacola, 
Florida. "I would encourage everyone to 
get involved in the newspaper. I've grown a 
lot since coming down here. Going through 
that process, you have to be able to get out 
of your comfort zone." 

After 90 years of publication (only 81 
under its current name), the mission of the 
Student Printz has changed very little: find 
the news, share the news. Every Tuesday 
and Thursday morning, stacks and pallets 
of papers begin stacking up across 
campus. Passersby pick up a copy with 
a kind of practiced casualty, never really 
thinking of the work that went into each 
issue's production. The Printz is more than 
a collection of stories and opinions, it's a 
labor of love. 

Story by Divah Griffin 
All photos by Christopher Bostick 

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Photojournalism major 

from Columbia. Mississippi. 

records footage as the 

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Journalism major from 

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These students, acting as 
envoys for the university, know 
everything a prospective student 
would ever want or need to know 
about our beloved Southern 
Miss. Their expertise is broad: admission 
requirements, scholarship information, 
general university facts, and tips on how to 
do well once you start school. These select 
students make up Eagle Connection. 

Sophomore Jennie Thomas, a Nutrition 
and Dietetics major from Gallman, 
Mississippi, hopes her participation with 
Eagle Connection influences students 
to choose Southern Miss as their next 
step. "I want to be helpful and friendly 
so students can see how great Southern 
Miss is," she says. Jennie, who was 
inspired by an alumni member of Eagle 
Connection to attend Southern Miss, wants 
to impact students and make a welcoming 

impression. "We are the faces that 
prospective students see and are often 
their only source of personal information 
to use in their decision whether or not to 
come to Southern Miss." 

One of the main events that Eagle 
Connection is responsible for is Black 
and Gold Day, an event organized for 
high school seniors and parents to come 
to campus and gain some firsthand 
knowledge about Southern Miss while 
attending a football game at the Rock. 
Eagle Connection members serve as the 
designated hosts and hostesses for this 
event and direct prospective students 
and parents to informative meetings. 
Kristen Cangiamilla, a senior Tourism 
Management major from Mandeville, 
Louisiana, enjoys getting some hands- 
on experience for her major with Eagle 
Connection. "I'm interested in planning 

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events for my future and this organization 
has allowed me the opportunity to get some 
experience doing just that." 

Another major aspect of Eagle Connection 
is travelling around to local high schools to 
help recruit future Golden Eagles. "When 
I heard about Eagle Connection," says 
Cangiamilla, "I knew that is was something 
I wanted to be a part of because I could 
help show other students how great it really 
is to be a Golden Eagle. It has been fun 
going back to my high school and sharing 
my love for Southern Miss." 

The 2008-2009 Eagle Connection is 
advised by Amanda Belsom, an '03 
Southern Miss alumna, and Southern 
Miss Admissions staff member Erin 
Lambert, also a proud Southern Miss 
alumna. Members of Eagle Connection 
are selected each year by an application 
and dual interview process. 

Story by Marie John 


Daniel Preiss, a senior Speech Communication major, 
addresses letters to potential students whom he feels 
might be interested in becoming productive members of 
Eagle Connection. 
Photo by Calvin Wu 

Kristen Cangiamilla. a senior Tourism Management major 

from Mandeville. Louisiana, holds a brightly colored sign to 

keep her group together during tours. Eagle Connection 

members give tours periodically through the semester as well 

as Black and Gold Day. which serves as their main recruiting 

event. They must pass a rigorous test which evaluates their 

knowledge of university buildings and their history. 

Photo by Calvin Wu 

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The word usually comes out via 
an email from General Honors 
Coordinator Stacey Ready — a 
quick, informative bit that tells 
you where to be and when. It's like a 
mission, and it can be anything from 
setting up for tailgating to assisting 
dozens of new Honors students during 
their Preview date. It's part of the life 
of an Honors Ambassador, giving back 
to the organization that gave so much 
to you. This time, Honors Ambassador 
Lorrin Debenport is helping with setup 
at the annual Honors College Christmas 
Party. "It's always rewarding, you know," 
she says as snacks are laid out and music 
begins to play from the speakers in RC's 
Lounge, "just coming out to do something 
for the Honors College with the other 

Debenport, a sophomore Mathematics 
major from Kiln, Mississippi, has been 

an ambassador since being accepted 
to that position by a committee of her 
peers during her freshman year. "I was 
pretty happy about making it," she says. 
"It's a cool feeling, getting the chance 
to contribute to the Honors College this 
way. I love working events, meeting new 
students and interacting with the faculty. 
You get some great opportunities." 

"It's about connecting with your future 
peers," says Samuel Zeanah, another 
ambassador and a senior Radio and 
Television Production major from Gulf 
Shores, "as well as giving something back 
to the university." Among the highlights 
of the Honors Ambassador experience, 
he says, is assisting at Preview sessions. 
Ambassadors often team up to interact 
directly with incoming freshmen Honors 
students, answering their questions 
one-on-one and allaying their fears and 
concerns before they reach campus. "I 

think we're a big help there." Zeanah 
says. "It's great hearing from faculty and 
advisors before getting to school, but it's 
even better hearing the experiences of 
fellow students." 

Back in RC's Lounge. Debenport greets 
a friend with a hug. chats with Dean 
David Davies and generally shares in a 
camaraderie unique to the Honors College. 
"I guess the best thing about what we do 
every day as ambassadors." she says, "is 
all the new experiences we get." 

Those experiences are ones the 
ambassadors will treasure forever. Even 
as an old generation of them prepares to 
graduate, the process continues steadily 
onward with new selections and continued 
devotion to bettering the Honors College 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 

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promoting cultural awareness 

From winning third place in Delta 
Gamma's King Neptune Dance 
Contestto sponsoring the Black 
Student Achievement award 
ceremony each year, the Afro-American 
Student Organization (AASO) here at 
Southern Miss is known for leadership. The 
student group, which is the largest minority 
group on campus with over 300 members, 
has been around since 1973. AASO 
promotes cultural awareness and diversity 
among students by providing a variety of 
branches within the organization such as a 
gospel choir, dance team, intramural sports 
team, and community service branch. 
Shana Horton, a senior Forensic Science 
major from Meridian, serves as this year's 

"AASO has definitely enhanced my 

leadership skills and has given me an 
opportunity to serve students and provide 
them with the resources they need to 
advance and enhance their academic, 
cultural, and social experiences at USM," 
says Shana, who has been a member of 
AASO for four years. "We want to build 
a sense of community among minority 
students and enhance their leadership 

Each year, AASO holds an Annual Prayer 
Breakfast for students of any race or 
religious background to promote student 
bonding and serve as a time of spiritual 
uplifting. "Apollo," an annual talent show 
put on by AASO, is another crowd pleaser. 
Markeesha Overstreet, a junior Accounting 
major from Mobile, enjoys planning for the 
talent show each year. 

"It is a lot of fun to see students get together 
to work on a fun, philanthropic event," says 
Overstreet, who serves as the current 
Public Relations officer for AASO. Each 
year, AASO also holds campus orientation 
for freshman and transfer students 
interested in joining. 

Any enrolled student is eligible to be 
a member of AASO. "We love support 
from students with any race or heritage 
background," says Overstreet. "We just 
want to bring out the best in you." AASO 
is advised by Mrs. Vrita Delaine, Assistant 
to the Dean of Student Affairs, Ms. Alfreda 
Horton, Student Affairs Secretary, and 
graduate assistant Mrs. Tiffany Labon- 

Story by Marie John 

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The officers of the Afro- 
Amencan Student Association 
work together to organize 
students, rehearsals, and 

Photo by Erin Wojtala 

Lee Brooks, a freshman 

Dance major from Columbus 

Mississippi, breaks it down 

during AASO s Apollo Dance 


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l he noise inside the metal cabin 
rang loudly throughout the aircraft. 
The pilot gazed outside the window 
at the immense landscape below, 
admiring the beauty that lay only a few 
thousand feet below. Looking back at his 
college years, he remembers his time in the 
Air Force ROTC at Southern Miss, and how 
it changed his life forever. 

With challenging activities and a serious yet 
spirited atmosphere, the Air Force ROTC 
program at Southern Miss works to prepare 
hopeful young men and women for a future 
in the military. Teaching diligence and 
leadership skills, these individuals receive 
a once in a lifetime experience. "With the 
program, I am developing leadership skills 

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Members of AFROTC 

conduct a twenty-four 

hour vigil preceeding 

Veteran's Day in 

remembrance of fallen 

soldiers. Ryan Motley, 

a sophomore Computer 

Science major from 

Biloxi, performs this 

honor in the wee hours 

of the morning. 

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emphasizes not only 

classroom education, 

but practical and even 

physical education. 

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At the Pienn-the-Face 
Fundraiser, cadets 
wager money against 
one another: the cadet 
with the most "bounty' 
receives a hearty pie 
in the face. This year's 
lucky winner was 
Paul Waters, a junior 
Computer Engineering 
major from Slidell 
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It's not all marching 

and training: cadets 

challenge themselves 

through all their 

activities, even doing 

push-ups in the penalty 

box of an ultimate 

frisbee tournament. 

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Force ROTC 

Pride and confidence 
are integral parts of a 
cadet's training that 
can't be found in a 
book. Here, students 
stand in attention on 
the Plaza, waiting for 
instructions from their 
commanding officers 
Photo by Leah Bryan 

to become an officer in the Air Force on my 
commissioning day right after I graduate," 
said Chase LaGarde, a sophomore History 
major from Covington, Louisiana. "This 
program simulates what life in the Air Force 
is like, giving us a better understanding 
and awareness of what we want to do in 
the future." 

The Air Force ROTC program involves 
these individuals in many activities both in 
the community and the military spectrum. 
"Whether it is cleaning an elderly woman's 
house or the color guard marching on the 
football field during a game, we always 
have some kind of activity to become 
involved in," said LaGarde. 

Kyle Childress, a senior Psychology major 

from Shalimar, Florida, enjoys the visits 
that the group takes to military bases. "We 
visit nearby military bases to prepare us for 
the environments that we will be in, what 
responsibilities we will have, and what fun 
things there are to participate in like flying 
jets and planes. They also help us learn 
how to be a leader and a follower while 
helping us develop goals that we should 
have on and off duty." 

A big perk of the Air Force ROTC program 
is a part of the name: the air. "Flying is a 
one of a kind experience," said Aaron Wise, 
a freshman Physics major from Vancleave, 
Mississippi. "It's amazing being 3,000 feet 
in the air. You can see for miles, and when 
the clouds are low, it looks like you're 
sailing on a sea of white. It's beautiful. 

Unless you think about it, it doesn't really 
make you nervous that there's just a thin 
piece of metal, a seat, and a whole lot of 
air between you and the ground. You get 
over being nervous and just fly. You feel 
like you can do anything with that plane in 
your control. After flying you will never look 
at your car the same way again." 

It is the job of the Air Force to protect our 
skies, and these guardians do a fine job. 
Through the Southern Miss Air Force ROTC 
program, more guardians are molded with 
the leadership skills needed to fly through 
the skies like a true golden eagle. 

Story by John Ban 

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here is an old saying that has 
been thrown around more than a 
practice ball before the Super Bowl: 
"Home is where the heart is." For 
some students at Southern Miss, home 
is a shared house with Greek letters. For 
others, their home on campus is shaped by 
another sort of fraternity, a shared creed or 

For Methodist students seeking a "home 
away from home," the doors of the 
Wesley Foundation are always open. Joy 
Easterling, a junior Elementary Education 

A group of Wesley 

Foundation members gather 

together to worship and 

sing hymns during a praise 

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major from Mobile and one of the two 
student interns working at the Wesley 
Foundation, believes in the foundation's 
aims and achievements: "It strives to be 
a welcoming and comforting place for all 
students so that they feel free to come and 
grow with others in their faith." To start 
off the year, Wesley hosts an event called 
Splash, which is a weekend of free meals 
and fun activities to get people acquainted 
with Wesley and the campus if they are 
new. Another annual event is the fall 
retreat, an off-campus excursion that allows 
for reflection, relaxation, and camaraderie. 
In addition to their annual retreats and 
events, the Wesley Foundation went to 
Costa Rica in March of 2008 and plans to 
venture down to Miami for further mission 
work in May of 2009. 

Photo by Kimberly Adams 

Despite their activity, the Wesley 
Foundation also makes time to simply 
relax, creating an open atmosphere for the 
students who count themselves among its 
members. Every Tuesday they have praise 
and worship, and every Thursday there 
is a free lunch; yet, the unplanned times 
are sometimes the best. "The doors are 
always open," said Karalie Hennigan, a 
junior Entertainment Industry major from 
Brandon, Mississippi. "It doesn't feel like it 
focuses on religion. To me it feels like a 
family. It's like a home because someone 
is always there." 

Story by Jack Spitz 

Joy Easterling and Kristin 
Walck, juniors from Mobile, 
share their personal spiritual 
experiences during a Wesley 
Foundation meeting. 
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Emily Stechmann, a junior 
Speech Pathology Major from 
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, 
participates in communion 
during mass at St. Thomas 
Aquinas Church. 
Photo by Leah Bryan 

taking a. break from the grind of 

daily life 

CSA holds mass every 
Wednesday night at St 
Thomas Aquinas Church 
across from campus on 
Fourth Street The walking 
distance ensures student 
attendance and student- 
led music and fellowship 
serves to make them more 

Photo by Leah Bryan 

At its heart Catholic Student 
Association serves to bring 
University of Southern Mississippi 
students together for mass Here 
we see students peacefully and 
intently enjoying the sermon given 
by Father Tommy 
Photo by Leah Bryan 

alk across Fourth Street to St. 
Thomas Aquinas Church on a 
Wednesday night and you may 
quickly find yourself playing 
"Are You Smarter Than Father Tommy?" in 
a brightly-lit student hall behind the church. 
It's here that Catholic Student Association 
members come to relax among their peers, 
taking a break from the grind of daily life. 

"That's our main mission," says Campus 
Minister Carrie Bell. "We just try to provide 
a place where any student can come for 
good company, where they can get their 
minds off of their daily concerns and 

Of course, it's not just on those everydays 
that students gather together. "Our service 
projects are very popular," Bell says. "We 
make food baskets on Thanksgiving for 
the needy and every Halloween we hold a 
party for the Dubard School on campus." 

Mission trips are also popular venues 
for the cultivation of faith, with some as 
far-reaching as Ghana. "That's our big 
destination this year," says Bell, "and we're 
very excited about it. We're also sending 
a group to Virginia. What we do on these 
trips is help build and repair homes, and 
try to supply needy locals with clothing and 
other general necessities." 

Flash back to the student hall, where the 
popular parish priest. Father Tommy, 
has just defeated another challenger in 
tonight's contest. Some students cheer 
and applaud, while others help themselves 
to another serving of bread pudding. 

"We try to maintain an active campus 
life." Bell says. "When we have events. 
we usually tie them in with a big campus 
activity, like a basketball game or baseball 
game. Still," she adds with a chuckle. "Are 
You Smarter Than Father Tommy' is a hit." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 

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February on campus — it's 
cold, windy, and for students 
everywhere the work's starting 
to pile up. That doesn't 
dampen the spirits of the Men 
of Excellence, though, as they celebrate 
Black History Month with their annual 
"Black State of the Union" address. 
It's just before this event that Men of 
Excellence president LaCharles Green 
takes a few moments to talk about the 
organization he loves. 

"Men of Excellence represents an effort to 
improve the image of men on campus," 
says Green, a senior Foreign Languages 
and Literature major from Crystal 
Springs, Mississippi. "In doing so, we 
host programs on time management, 
academic success, dressing for success, 
and numerous other programs to enhance 
our community." 

Green is particularly proud of the growth 
of Men of Excellence this year. "After 
conducting interviews and the application 
process," he says, "we held programs 
weekly for the new members to help 
develop them for the Men of Excellence 
organization. The group has inducted 
over thirty-five new members this year, 
which is a grand accomplishment." 

The new members wasted no time in 
getting to work, as the group took part in 
several charity campaigns. "We went in 
conjunction with Campus Civitan to help 
with theirannual Bears on Patrol campaign," 
Green says, "in which we collected stuffed 
animals to give to MS Highway Patrol 
troop J. This year we collected over seven 
hundred bears, which is the most animals 
collected since they started the program." 

It's been a banner year for Men of 
Excellence, Green says, and he's excited 
about the organization's future. But most of 
all, he's proud of the role the group plays 
on campus. "The role this organization 
plays in the everyday life of its members," 
he says, "is to make sure that we are 
among the best examples of students on 

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Photos by Leah Bryan 

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students governing students 

Structure, order, governance: these 
are the pillars of a stable university. 
Through the Student Government 
Association (SGA), the needs of 
all students are met to assure a safe and 
suitable environment for new leaders and 
fledgling scholars. Split into three separate 
committees, each faction of the SGA works 
to support a different need on Southern 
Miss' campus to take it to the top. 

Every year, the president selects a cabinet 
of leaders on campus who have diverse 
skills, interests, and affiliations. "Cabinet 
is split into committees such as campus 
development, marketing, and community 
relations," explains Executive Director of 
Campus Development Ken Busby, a junior 
Molecular Biology major from Mobile. 
"Each committee works toward their goal 
in the broad scheme of cabinet as a whole. 
We have the ability to make a difference 
on campus by having an influence in the 
different areas of student life." 

In order to get legislation passed, it must 
go through the SGA Senate, a group that 
helps to make change on campus by 
implementing new rules. "When someone 
wants to change something on campus, 
they go through Senate," said freshman 
Joey Tramuta, a Political Science major 
from Fairhope, Alabama. "I like that I'm 
able to be a part of the change that is 
occurring on campus and see it happen. 
We can make real changes with rules and 
policies. Being on Senate helps to keep me 

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informed with things that are occurring." 

While often overlooked, the students of the 
Judicial Board are never unappreciated. 
The Judicial Board is charged with 
overseeing parking appeals and, from 
time to time, holding disciplinary hearings. 
These students work hard to make life 
(and parking) on campus as smooth as 

Recruited as the future of the SGA, 
Freshman Associates (FA) want to make 
a difference early in their college career. 
Focused mainly on the needs of their 
fellow freshmen, they work to get their 
classmates involved with the university 
by organizing activities like Freshman 
Finale and RASS (Random Acts of School 
Spirit). "One of the great things about FA 
is how we create bonds and relationships 
with not only our committee members but 
between other committees and personnel 
on campus," said FA President Jessica 
Gilliland, a Speech Communication major 
from Petal, Mississippi. 

Changing times require changing policies 
and policy-makers willing to adapt. At 
Southern Miss, the SGA is such an 
organization of fresh blood and new 
ideas, defined by a readiness to keep 
with the times. It is the proving ground for 
students who seek not only an education 
in academics, but in the concepts and 
practices of being a leader. 

Story by John Barr 

Photo by Leah Bryan 


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Watching the presidential 
debate in Mississippi, 
College Democrats 
member Roy Logan can't 
help but note the event's 
significance to an already-historic election. 
"It's special," says the senior from Petal, 
"because it's taking place at the scene 
of one of the most racial experiences in 
American history, and now the first African- 
American nominee for president is debating 
there, years later." 

Later, Logan reflects on the College 
Democrats' efforts to assist the national 

party in the election of Barack Obama. "We 
had voter registration drives, canvassing, 
get out the vote efforts, whatever we could 
do to help the party," he says, but adds 
that it wasn't just the efforts of dedicated 
Democrats that helped the party achieve 
the successes it did this year. "The thing to 
remember is," he says, "all groups of young 
people came together to elect President 

In an election marked by big debates and 
strongly divided opinions, Logan believes 
the actions of the College Democrats went 
a long way toward healing divisions and 

bridging differences of opinion. He's quick 
to add, though, that no single person could 
heal those divisions and bridge those gaps 
like the new president himself. "I think 
one of the most special moments, to be 
remembered a long time," he says, "was 
watching the acceptance speech." It's the 
College Democrats' hope, as it is for much 
of the country, that the history that unfolded 
during the 2008 presidential election leads 
to a new era of hope for America. 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 


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It's October in Shoemaker Square. 
There are red leaves in the fountain 
outside the Hub and the air's finally 
beginning to cool. Here, the College 
Republicans have set up a voter 
registration drive as they prepare for the 
presidential election, and it's this scene 
and event that first springs to the mind of 
Emily Hoxie, the group's president. "We've 
had four or five tables set up throughout the 
last month or so," says Hoxie, a sophomore 
Psychology and Political Science major 
from New Orleans. "We're handing out 
voter registration forms, helping people fill 
them out, and mailing them in. As a whole, 
we've been pretty successful." 

They've even partnered with the College 
Democrats during the voter registration 
drive — a timely show of bipartisanship 
during an election when that's certainly 
a buzzword. "Working with them we've 
registered at least a couple hundred new 
voters," Hoxie says, though she added 
she did not have the exact numbers and it 
could be more. 

During the campaign, the group focused 
many of their efforts on supporting local 
and state politicians. "We did a lot of work 
with Roger Wicker," Hoxie says. "We set up 
tents for tailgating before football games 
and such." 

All in all, Hoxie calls her group's year a 
success, even if, nationally, her partys 
fortunes weren't so great. "Our debate 
party was a real highlight," she says "I 
feel we worked really hard to make it more 
about educating people on various issues 
as opposed to telling you who to vote for." 
She laughs, and adds a personal favorite 
moment from the year: "I may just be 
biased," she says, "but I think we had a 
really good flag football team this year." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 
Photo by Kimberly Adams 

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the future of medicine 

Every year, students at Southern Miss are surprised at 
the many new faces that grace their campus. Among 
these students are those who hope to advance into the 
medical field, but what, you might ask, inspires them 
to go into such a laborious and time consuming major? 

Determination, willingness to 
help others, and a sizable 
paycheck — all true, but another 
crucial factor is a rarified group 
dedicated to helping new students 
interested in medicine. The College 
of Health Ambassadors attract high 
school students to Southern Miss with a 
combination of passion and sympathy. 

Jennie Thomas, a sophomore Nutrition and 
Pre-Med major from Batesville, Mississippi, 
commented on the ambassadors saying, 
"It's a way to recruit new people... but it's 
not for everybody, because you have to be 
around people and you have to be in an 
ambassadorial role. If people are interested 
in that type of thing I would definitely 
encourage them." 

The ambassadors have found a niche for 
attracting new students because they once 

filled the shoes of the very people they 
are trying to influence. "You're someone 
from the inside looking out to them," 
Thomas said. "You're more relatable than 
a professor." 

But the College of Health Ambassadors' 
goals go far beyond recruitment. They also 
hold many fundraisers and awareness 
events on campus. Food Drives and the 
Diabetes and Heart Walks were just a few 
of the events they have spearheaded this 

"The fall is really busy for us. We do a lot 
of walks," said Amy Ealy, the chairperson 
of the ambassadors and a graduate Social 
Work major from Forrest, Mississippi. "We 
adopt a family every year for Red Cross. 
We're really involved with community 
service." For the ambassadors, service 
isn't a question — it's a compulsion, a way 

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to help and inspire others. 

"Most of my work in the College of 
Health doesn't keep me in touch with 
the students," said Dianne Coleman, the 
Assistant to the Dean of Health and advisor 
of the ambassadors. "The ambassadors 
keep me connected to the students of the 
department. I think they feel at ease with 
me so I'm kind of privy to their everyday 
lives. I consider them an elite group of 
leaders because they have the opportunity 
to influence the students on our campus," 
said Coleman. 

For the students of the College of Health 
Ambassadors, health and medicine are 
beyond passion: they're the future. With 
the knowledge they gain in class and 
the leadership experience they gain as 
ambassadors, they look toward a future for 
themselves and the world. 

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the Southern Miss Eagle 
Ambassadors, they know this 
process like the back of their 
hand. These representatives serve as 
ambassadors to and liaisons for new and 
prospective student athletes. Formerly 
focusing simply on football, the Eagle 
Ambassadors currently encompass 
recruitment for all sports and athletics at 
Southern Miss. 

When an athletic prospect visits a school to 
make a final decision on college choice, this 
athlete wants to know about campus life 
just as much as the athletic program. That 
is where the Eagle Ambassadors come into 
effect. "We are the faces of Southern Miss 
athletic recruitment," said Holli Quiroz, a 
sophomore Broadcast Journalism major 
from Petal, Mississippi. "We work with all 
athletic recruitment processes, befriending 

prospective athletes as we answer their 
questions and help them with adjustments 
to campus. The athletes are shown a small 
piece of Southern Miss through us." 

The impact of the Eagle Ambassadors on 
campus can be witnessed at every sporting 
event. Without these ambassadors, many 
of our star athletes may have chosen 
differently. "What we show them is how 
they will think of the school," said junior 
Brittany Bailey, a Business Administration 
major from Lucedale, Mississippi. "I like 
that I get to meet potential athletes and 
try to convince them to come to Southern 

Not only does this organization provide an 
impact on the athletes, but it also sheds 
light on what a career working with sporting 
recruitment is like for these ambassadors. 
Through her time with Eagle Ambassadors, 

junior Broadcast Journalism major Kayla 
Carlisle from Lumberton. Mississippi has 
had a revelation about her future. "It really 
opened my eyes to something-athletic 
recruiting-that I wouldn't mind doing in the 

An ambassador is a critical link in the 
chain of a successful community. These 
individuals work their hardest to recruit the 
best in the athletic community whether it is 
by sending letters to potential athletes or 
greeting them on a visit to campus. At the 
next sporting event, every Golden Eagle 
should acknowledge the accomplishments 
of these spectacular individuals who help 
make this campus great. 

Story by Divah Griffin 
Photos submitted by Eagle Ambassadors 

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pursuing the post-grad 

Walking through the RC Cook 
Union in September, you might 
have found yourself stopped 
by members of the BGSO— 
Black Graduate Student Organization — 
during their voter registration drive 
in preparation for the then-upcoming 
presidential election. That, however, is just 
a special event. It's the thing groups like 
the BGSO do for graduate students every 
day that really count. 

"Our main purpose," says graduate student 
Elizabeth Smith, the group's president until 
2008, "is to provide social, educational, 
and career support for graduate students, 
creating opportunitiesforgraduate students 
to participate in networking, mentoring, 
and in the recruitment of graduate and 
undergraduate students." A mouthful, 
perhaps. Smith smiles. "Well, BGSO plans 
social outings, such as group bowling, 
dinners, and so on. The students also have 
opportunities to provide community service 
and learn more about the community that 
many are temporarily calling home." 

Other graduate student organizations are 
busy across campus as well. In particular, 

the Graduate Student Association (GSA) 
is a large and active group, sponsored 
directly by the Office of Graduate Studies. 
"The office sponsors and is an advocate for 
the Graduate Student Association," says 
Dr Susan Siltanen, Director of Graduate 
Studies. Larger still than the GSA is the 
Graduate Student Advisory Council. 

"It was established by the University 
Director of Graduate Studies," Siltanen 
says. "The GSAC is composed of a 
representative from each department or 
school. The representative is selected 
by the department." This organization, 
Siltanen says, allows graduate students to 
communicate back and forth between their 
peers in all departments, as well as serving 
as a critical means of communication 
between students and the Office of 
Graduate Studies. GSAC also sponsors a 
research symposium each spring and is in 
the beginning stage of publishing a USM 
journal of graduate research. They also 
help advocate for graduate students in 
terms of stipends and health insurance. 

The organizations are growing, as their 
success attests. "Three years ago," 

Elizabeth Smith says. "BGSO was a mighty 
two people, but quietly grew to twenty- 
plus members very quickly. We recently 
participated in our first Black History Month 
here by hosting our first Soaring Eagles 
Black and Gold Conference, wherein we 
had Professional Development sessions 
and a State of The Black Academia Forum 
that afternoon." 

Clearly graduate student organizations are 
thriving, and the BGSO represents that fact 
very well. "The Black Graduate Student 
Organization is an excellent organization 
that provides awesome opportunities 
for leadership." Smith says, "as well as 
cultivating the participants' intellect and 
increasing their confidence — that will propel 
them to achievement in their academic 
endeavors and their careers." 

Such organizations, according to Dr. 
Siltanen. help to "ensure a high standard 
of excellence in graduate education at The 
University of Southern Mississippi." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 

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defining the ideal 
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In today's society, you have to be 
more than just "good." With a growing 
campus population, Southern Miss 
needs more than good students — it 
needs exceptional people, decent 
human beings and genuine leaders. Almost 
nowhere on campus is this as strongly 
exemplified as it is among the ladies of 
IDEAL Women: Intelligent, Dignified, 
Elegant, Ambitious Leaders. 

"We serve to empower women and also 
serve as role models to both the campus 
and the community," said Chenere' Epps, 
the organization's president and a junior 
Speech Pathology major from Jackson. 
The organization, primarily created for 
community service, relentlessly pursues 

new avenues of involvement on campus in 
order to better both the members and the 

"IDEAL Women believe in giving back to 
others," said Epps proudly. "We try to find 
newways of helping the community, not only 
through service, but also through programs 
that hopefully impact the audience in a 
positive way. We're not just an organization 
that meets and does business — we're a 
sisterhood. We have a genuine love and 
respect for each other." 

IDEAL Women has just completed a 
semester of introspection and reflection, 
wherein the leaders decided to focus on 
refining the group's definition of what it 

means to be IDEAL. The organization's 
rededication has attracted an increasing 
membership base that they hope to 
leverage in the coming years to expand the 
group's influence on campus. 

Service can be a grand, organized 
gesture — but it needn't be. Above all else, 
Epps stressed the way the IDEAL Women 
philosophy seeps into the lives and actions 
of its members: "We also do simple things 
like helping a stranger in need or just giving 
a warm smile as we pass by." 

Story by Elliott Freeman 
Photo by Kimberly Adams 

254 Organizations | Ideal Women 



unlimited vision 

"It has been said recently that economic 
downturns tend to create more 
entrepreneurs," says James Wilcox, 
a graduate student in Economic 
Development from Biloxi and president of 
Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE). "This 
makes sense," he continues. "People find 
that sometimes working for oneself is less 
risky than working for someone else." 

Wilcox, SIFE's president, notes the 
important role the group plays for students 
in today's economic climate. "SIFE," he 
says, "allows students to take ideas learned 
in a classroom and apply them in real-world 
situations. "SIFE provides opportunities 
for students to impact the lives of others 
in positive and dramatic ways. Through 
our efforts to better the community, 
we ourselves are in turn educated and 

SIFE is a new organization on campus — a 
timely addition, perhaps, given the current 
economic climate. "In the spring of 2007, 
a handful of upperclassmen in the College 
of Business created the Southern Miss 
chapter of SIFE with a common desire 
to make a difference in their community," 
Wilcox says. "Over the past two years, 
members have been actively making a 
name for SIFE — teaching classes in local 
middle schools and high schools, assisting 
business representatives at campus job 
fairs, hosting national speakers on campus, 
and promoting local small businesses." He 
adds that while members have generally 
consisted of Business majors, SIFE is open 
to students of all disciplines. "We are a 
student-inspired, student-run organization," 
Wilcox says, "and without diversity our 
vision is limited." 

One of SIFE's primary purposes is, 
obviously, the fostering of entrepreneurship 
and to that end the group works to 
dispel myths and promote community 
spirit and teamwork. "A common 
misconception is that all entrepreneurs 
work for themselves," Wilcox says. "An 
entrepreneurial proclivity is one that fosters 
creativity or groundbreaking innovation. 
SIFE helps students use their education to 
change their local communities while still 
in school." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 
Photo by Kimberly Adams 


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Leading Southern Miss as the largest spirit promoting student 
organization, The Legacy definitely knows how to teach students 
about the traditions of the university. The Legacy draws its 
members from students of all ages and majors who share a 
common passion for and have pride in the history of Southern Miss. 

256 Organizations | The Legacy 

Shawn Foles, a senior Forensic Science 
major from Saucier, Mississippi, enjoys the 
camaraderie he feels when participating 
in Legacy events: "By reading the Drawl 
and going to The Legacy Series lectures, 
I've been able to realize what an amazing 
and storied past Southern Miss has." As a 
member of The Legacy, Foles' biggest hope 
is a simple one: "I want Southern Miss' 
history to be preserved for future Golden 
Eagles. We believe that making students 
excited about events and traditions will 
cause them to become active alumni and 
support their university upon graduation." 

Erin Seidenburg, a freshman General 
Studies major from Laurel, Mississippi, 
loves many of the events that The Legacy 
puts on each year. "We did a rival University 
t-shirt burning and a pep rally... I had a 
blast watching that ratty Ole Miss shirt of 
mine disintegrate," she says with a wicked 
grin. Erin, who joined The Legacy this past 
August, has enjoyed learning so much 
about Southern Miss. "I had no idea that 
our school had such a colorful history." 

Each year, The Legacy puts on a number 
of events including a series of lectures 
regarding the lore of the university. The 
Legacy also oversees the painting of the 
Eagle Walk and the rock in the District. 
This year, The Legacy also participated in 
intramurals for the first time. 

Another new tradition in the making will 
be student-alumni dinners. "This will 
give students the chance to connect and 
network with alumni who are active in 
the community," says Tiffany Skremetti, 
a senior Exercise Physiology major from 
Biloxi who also encourages students to 
remain active in all university activities 
throughout their college careers. "They can 
make new friends, learn about Southern 
Miss, and get some really great t-shirts." 

Story by Marie John 

A rival University's shirt 
bums at the traditional 
t-shirt burning ceremony 
at Friday Night at the 
Fountain. Participants are 
encouraged to bum any 
rival school's t's. and. in 
return, receive a 
Southern Miss t-shirt 
Photo by Christopher Bosbck 

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The Legacy Series are lectures open to the student body, 
dealing with issues of leadership and service. 
Photo submitted by The Legacy 

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promoting the highest level of excellence 

Generation 6:20, a ministry of the 
Word of Faith Christian Center, 
serves as a resource for students 
looking for spiritual knowledge 
and development. The organization, 
which serves four universities in the state, 
has ministered to 4,500 students to date. 
The group meets weekly on Thursdays 
for fellowship and ministry, with two 
primary missions: to bring a lost and dying 
campus to Jesus Christ and to promote 
spiritual and educational excellence. The 
group, founded by Bishop Keith A. Butler, 
originated in Detroit, Michigan in 1996. 

The student organization also holds 
special events to benefit their region, like 
the Gen. 6:20 Annual Talent Show where 
born-again men and women showcase 
their God-given talents. A Valentine's 
Dinner is another special event conducted 

by the group, which promotes unity and 
fellowship. These events have drawn up 
to 200 students, and keep getting bigger 
ever year. Andreakia Junearick, a junior 
Psychology major from Hattiesburg, enjoys 
seeing the student group grow as students 
come to Christ. "It's a good day when you 
get a new brother or sister in the Lord," 
says Andreakia, "it's something that puts a 
smile on my face and a good feeling in my 

Generation 6:20 hopes that through the 
organization, non-believers will come to 
Christ, grow and develop their personal 
relationship with Him, train and prepare for 
the work of the ministry, and promote the 
highest level of excellence in every aspect 
of life. "We want fellow students to excel 
through the Lord academically, mentally, 
socially, and spiritually" says Andreakia. 

The student group is advised by Ms. LaRea 
"Pepper" McWilliams, an Elementary 
Education graduate from Mississippi State 

Students interested in becoming a 
member of Generation 6:20 must meet 
the following requirements: be a full 
time student at the university, attend a 
mandatory orientation meeting where the 
organization's background and founders 
will be introduced along with the mission 
statement, and take an examination known 
as the Vision Test. The test is made up of 
facts given at orientation, and after passing 
the test, potential new members fill out 
an application form. Once the process is 
complete, a student can then become a 
full-fledged member of Generation 6:20. 

Story by Marie John 

Photo by Kimberly Adams 

spreading nutrition awareness 

At Southern Miss, everyone has 
their own way of expressing 
themselves. For those considered 
to be health nuts or just plain picky, 
the Student Dietetics Association (SDA) is 
an organization that will satisfy any foodie 
with a need to eat healthily. 

"It's primarily for Nutrition majors but 
anyone can join," says Madison Davis, a 
senior Nutrition and Dietetics major from 
Pascagoula, Mississippi, and an editor for 
the SDA. "Our main purpose is to spread 
awareness regarding nutrition." 

The organization also hosts countless 
community service and charity events such 
as the Diabetes Walk; Trash Pick-Up Day 
on campus; and Love Your Heart, Love the 
Earth; an attempt to promote healthy heart 
awareness during National Heart Month. 
Davis says, "We try to look at the big 
picture. That's one thing that they teach us 
in SDA and that's one thing that we try to 
do." Madison explains that the "big picture" 
is the community and how having a healthy 
lifestyle can affect everyone. 

As this organization grows and starts to 
spread its wings across campus, more 
people are beginning to take notice. 
Kelsi Evans, a junior Food and Dietetics 
major from Bloomington, Illinois and SDA 
president says: "The size of SDA has 
grown. We've got a good size group here, 
I'd say." SDA is also trying to explore other 
issues that are relevant to the community 
such as the Go Green initiative on campus. 
Evans says, "This year we incorporated 
things that are environmentally friendly." 

It is easy to see that the Student Dietetics 
Association is moving in the right direction. 
With countless community service activities 
and College of Health fairs and activities 
under its belt, the SDA is clearly dedicated 
to helping students learn, live, and eat — 

Story by Divah Griffin 

Photo by KImberly Adams 

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the coveted gold jacket 

260 Organizations | Southern Style 

As well as hosting 
Previews, Southern 
Style plays a major 
part in Golden Eagle 
Welcome Week, 
supporting the students 
they recruited into the 
university through their 
very first collegiate 

Photo by Christopher 

Left: Southern Style acts as a team from the moment they 
are accepted into the program. One of their first duties is to 
forge connections with one another by creating a dance that 
is first shown at a conference and then presented to the 
incoming class of freshmen to get them excited about their 
entry into college. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

Southern Miss has never had a problem recruiting new students. 
This year's class of freshmen — the largest in Southern Miss's 
history — is an example of how much the university has grown. 
That growth is due in large part to a group of Golden Eagle 
students serving as orientation leaders for the university. 

They're hard to miss — they're the ones in 
the bright gold jackets. 

Southern Style is responsible for serving 
as orientation leaders for Priority Preview, 
where Leadership, Luckyday, Presidential, 
and Honors College scholars come to 
campus and prepare for their first semester. 
The group also serves as the official hosts 
and hostesses for other Previews, Awards 
Day, and Commencement. Sarah Ali, a 
Biochemistry major from Hattiesburg, 
enjoyed the opportunity to make Priority 
Preview fun and exciting for the newest 
Golden Eagles. "We got on stage and 

taught the class of 2012 the Southern 
Miss fight song, all of the cheers, plus 
some of Southern Miss' history," she said, 
an infectious enthusiasm in the tone of 
her voice. "I loved getting the new class 
pumped up about coming to Southern." 

The selection process for Southern Style 
is very competitive. In just under a week, 
potential Southern Style members go 
through group interviews, individual 
interviews, plus all sorts of team building 
workshops. "When I found out I was 
chosen as a member, I was speechless and 
honored," said Kayla McLain, a Nursing 

major from Covington, Louisiana, who was 
a member of Southern Style 2008. 

Southern Style members serve in the group 
only once and receive a $1,000 stipend. 
Each member also enrolls in UNV 325. a 
class specifically designed for training them 
to be informative and dependable leaders. 
They are led by Wynde Fitts. who advised 
21-gold clad members in 2008 and who is 
already proud to welcome 24 new students 
for Southern Style 2009. 

The history of Southern Style is a long and 
prestigious one: their name and their iconic 
coats come from the university's mascot, 
the Yellow Jackets, back when Southern 
Miss was known as Mississippi Normal 
College. Current Southern Style members 
wear the coveted gold jackets not only to 
show their pride, but also as a tribute to 
the university's history. McLain said. "The 
group truly does bring out the best in you. It 
let me learn so much more about Southern 
Miss and its history." 

Story by Marie John 

Ken Busby, a junior Biology 
major from Mobile, shows 
that college cant be all work 
and no play. Busby got to 
wear his gold jacket as a part 
of Southern Style 2008. 
Photo by Brettany Payne 

Southern Style 261 


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to be his favorite part of the job. "Being CEO 
is a real juggling act," he says. "It involves 
i doing bits and pieces of everything, from 
rewriting and negotiating contracts to just 
making sure everything runs smoothly. But 
working with the artists, that's one of the 
most rewarding parts of it all." 

"The thing is," Criddle adds, "it's not just 
about teaching kids how to run a label, 
but about the whole industry, from talent 
evaluation to booking and working as 
artists' representatives. Learn about 
booking here, and you can become a 
booking agent yourself." 

Entertainment, Criddle and Parker agree, 
is becoming an ever-bigger part of 
Hattiesburg. Both agree that Hattiesburg 
itself has grown and changed tremendously 
in recent years. "Entertainment is at the 
forefront here right now," Criddle says, 
"both in Hattiesburg and on campus. We're 
becoming an even bigger entertainment 
and arts community. Things have just grown 
tremendously. And we're right there with it. 
Often, different events or organizations will 
contact us looking for entertainment. We've 
developed a very professional reputation. 
If you're looking for something and provide 
a venue, we'll take it from there-." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 
All photos submitted by South City Records 

Blake Parker, a senior Entertainment Industry major 
from Sumrall. Mississippi, manipulates the sounds of a 
recording session with Sypher on a studio board. Parker 
takes a hands-on approach to management as the CEO 
of South City Records. 
Photo taken by Andrea Thornhill 

262 Organizations | South City Records 

Members of the record label hosted a scholarship benefit concert for Family 
Network Partnership. Members of South City records stormed the stage during 
a performance by Matthew Funches of Bassfield, Mississippi. 
Photo submitted by South City Records 

Caroline Crawford of Jackson is currently working with 
South City Records to produce "Delphian" which Crawford 
describes as "a journey into depths." 
Photo taken by Andrea Thornhill 

Blake Parker, a senior Entertainment Industry major from 
Sumrall, Mississippi, adjusts a microphone for Brooke 
Barnett of Brooke and the Hardtime Handsomes. 
Photo taken by Nikki Criddle 

South City Records completed its first album 
as a compilation of Hattiesburg musicians and 
hosted a concert to publicize the release. 
Photo taken by Karla Verardo 


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Right: Justin Sims, a 

sophomore from Gautier, 

Mississippi, poses at 

Picture Perfect MQdels' 

date auction. Thought not 

a Picture Perfect Model, 

Sims, as well as many other 

volunteers, were willing to 

be sold for a good cause. 

Photo by Divah Griffin 

Far Right: These two 

picture perfect Picture 

Perfect Models walk down 

the runway together, 

showcasing their different but 

complimentary styles. 

Photo by JaVokco Harris 

walkin' it out 
Southern Miss style 

Sharde Hopkins, a 
sophomore Nursing major 
from Jackson, takes a 
spin on the catwalk. 
Photo by JaVokco Harris 

264 Organizations | Picture Perfect Models 




eing pretty isn't just about looking 
good — confidence, presence, and 
style are just as important, especially 
to the members of Picture Perfect Models. 
These fashion forward divas and gents 
spend their time perfecting their walk and 
developing a confident style to grace the 

From sassy and sophisticated to fun and 
flirty, it's easy to see the varying styles 
of each model and how it plays into their 
personality. "I think it's a chance for people 
to show their own style," says Samantha 
Knotts, a junior Fashion Merchandising 
major from Jackson and President of 

the Picture Perfect Models. "Everyone 
that's part of Picture Perfect Models has 
a different style. It's just a fact of being 
confident and trying to perfect it in front of 
an audience." 

Since being hand-selected at auditions in 
the fall, these blooming fashionistas have 
been taught how to strut their stuff with 
the best of them. But aside from walking, 
freshman Psychology major Chunquanda 
Steverson of Macon, Mississippi, describes 
how being in this organization has 
taught her much more. "Picture Perfect 
Models... it's not like your regular modeling 
organization. It helps to build confidence. It 

helps you build networking skills. It teaches 
you time management," says Steverson 
"You don't have to just model. We need 
people for help behind the scenes and if 
you really have a passion for fashion or 
anything, just join." 

The organization also does community 
service, fund raising, and is working on 
organizing a self esteem seminar for the 
students of Southern Miss. This modeling 
squad single-handedly shows that 
confidence is not only an art, but in its best 
form, can be picture perfect. 

Story by Divan Griffin 

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Although they most certainly do other things on campus, 
Army ROTC cadets are most known for the push-ups 
they crank out after every Southern Miss touchdown. 
Photo by Christopher Bostick 

There are many paths for a Golden 
Eagle to consider when they first 
arrive in Hattiesburg. With that 
being said, perhaps the boldest of 
all is rooted in the United States Military. 
This is the path chosen by the students of 
the Army ROTC — an acronym for Reserve 
Officers' Training Corps. 

The Army ROTC program has the ability 
to set quite a bright future for those whose 
interest in the US military ranges from mild 
to bleeding red, white and blue. For others, 
it may simply be a tool to discipline oneself 
in their daily lives. Yet, to some, it means 
much, much more than a simple daily 
practice. To Cody Stuart, a sophomore 
History major from Bassfield, Mississippi: 
"It is so much more than that. It is a career, 
a life. Yes, it is training for that career, but 
at the same time it gives you training for 
everyday situations in life as well." 

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^Tpencils and push-ups 

The everyday life of being a member of 
Army ROTC consists of many things: first 
and foremost, there is the uniform. Each 
member has a uniform that they wear each 
and every day. At six AM every morning 
there is physical training which involves 
running and muscle endurance. There are 
military science classes along with labs 
to be taken to compliment the classes. 
Of course, uniforms are always worn to 

This is the everyday life within Army 
ROTC, but there are also events that are 
held throughout the year. The ROTC color 
guard and ranger challenge team are 
both involved in the football home games: 
whenever the Golden Eagles score one 
of their countless touchdowns and the 
boys in uniform are doing their pushups to 
celebrate, you can thank Army ROTC for 
that. Also, the previous school year, Army 

ROTC started the 5K Run for the Purple 
Heart Society. 

Army ROTC means so many different 
things to so many people. Nickolas Marek, 
a sophomore Administration of Justice 
major from Gulfport, said " me Army 
ROTC personally means the will and 
determination to become an officer. It also 
means the ability to afford and make my 
way through college." In the end there are 
countless roads to take to get through life: 
the trick is in finding the one for you, and 
for the tirelessly dedicated students of the 
Army ROTC, that path is a challenging one, 
but also one rich with rewards — support, 
discipline, and honor. 

Story by Jack Spitz 
All other photos submitted by Army ROTC 

266 Organizations | Army ROTC 


More and more, women are making an impact on today's 
military. This diversity is represented in Southern Miss' 
Army ROTC, where both men and women strive to 
develop leadership skills and prepare themselves for high 
ranking positions. 

Kaya Durr, a sophomore from 

Laurel, waits for the sound of 

the cannon, signalling another 

Southern Miss touchdown. 

A trio of ROTC members stand at attention 
under the fading light of a Hattiesburg sunset. 

Although the Army ROTC does have some obstacles 

on campus, cadets often travel thirty minutes outside 

of Hattiesburg to Challenge Country, a specialized 

facility that contains many more options for physical 

conditioning, team building and leadership training. Mike 

Hester, a senior from Terry, Mississippi, climbs over a 

wooden obstacle with his fellow cadet member. 



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fingerprints & black lights 

Shattered glass and fingerprints: 
they're the only clues. Your 
toolbox might be as sparse 
as a set of tongs and the bare 
essentials, or it could be wide- 
reaching enough to include a criminal 
database: these are the realities that the 
Forensic Science Society prepares for each 
and every day. With the constant need for 
a forensic analysis of a crime scene or any 

investigation, this career path is always in 

"The Forensic Science Society is a relatively 
new society that students of any major 
can join who are interested in learning 
more about this investigative career," 
said Vice-President Glenn Lott, a junior 
Forensic Science major from New Hebron, 
Mississippi. "With this society, students will 

have the opportunity to gain job contacts, 
network with top agencies from different 
states, and learn about current advances 
in this field." 

Through the Forensic Science Society, 
students have the opportunity to do 
community service and participate in 
programs across the country. "One of our 
community service projects that we work 
with is Roll With Gold, an organization 
which collects children's fingerprints and 
DNA from their inside cheek in order 
to have their information on record in 
case they went missing," said President 
Candice White, a junior Forensic Science 
major from Meridian, Mississippi. "Other 
activities that we are involved with include 
a Seminar at Sea with world-renowned 
forensic scientists and a D.C. internship 
with the FBI." 

This career path has proven very viable 
in our society, serving a true purpose to 
the public. With an organization such 
as the Forensic Society, Southern Miss 
could possibly mold our future's next great 
Forensic Scientist. 

Story by John Barr 
Photos by Calvin Wu 

268 Organizations | Forensic Society 

» did you hear that? -<i 

The University of Southern 
Mississippi is home to two of the 
top schools in Mississippi for 
teaching children with speech 
and hearing problems. The 
DuBard School for Language Disorders and 
the Children's Center for Communication 
and Development are two of the College of 
Health's crowning glories and the Student 
Speech and Hearing Association is a major 
contributor to the schools' successes. 

Student Speech and Hearing Association 
member Lauren Hughes, a graduate 
Speech Pathology major from Meridian, 
gives her take on what the organization 
accomplishes. "Most of the things we do 
are for the kids," says Hughes. "When 
you're a Speech Path or Audiology major, 

it's a great way to get to know the people in 
your program and a great way to give back 
to the speech and hearing community." The 
organization has found numerous ways to 
give back to that community. They hold 
annual toiletry drives as well as canned 
food and toy drives around Christmas- 

The Student Speech and Hearing 
Association members also get the unique 
opportunity to go to the Mississippi Speech 
and Hearing Association Conference, a 
gathering designed to educate upcoming 
Speech Pathologists, Audiologists and 
doctors already in the field. 

"I had heard it was a way to make good 
connections and to learn even more stuff 

about my major," says Jessica Conner, a 
graduate Speech Pathology major from 
Quitman, Mississippi and secretary of 
the organization. "By being a member of 
SSHA, you become more educated and... 
have a better understanding of what they 
do and how it affects everybody." 

Communication, in any form, is a powerful 
mechanism which humans would be lost 
without. What the Student Speech and 
Hearing Association has done is used 
their studies to think of ways to help the 
community, the DuBard School and the 
Children's Center. That dedication in itself 
is what sets Southern Miss apart from any 

Story by Divah Griffin 
Photos by Christopher Bostick 

Student Speech and Hearing 269 

270 People and Distinctions | Intro 

You, me, and us: 

all of us. We are Southern 

Miss. We're its heart and its spirit, the 

golden breath in the eagle's lungs. We're 

students. We're employees. We're leaders. We're 

growing in number and in excellence. We're future 

alumni, alumni-in-waiting, waiting to be. We're majors 

and minors: Chemistry, English, Math, Psychology, 

Journalism, Art, Marketing, Accounting, and more, and 

more. We are our studies, and ourselves. We're potential, the 

sun sliding over a future horizon. We're in love with this university. 

We're filled chairs in the classroom, open notebooks and readied 

pens. We're papers and exams and weekend parties and empty 

bank accounts. We're diverse. We're united. We're the ones who yell 

out "To the Top." We're names and ID numbers and personal stories. 

We're impossible, incorrigible, enthusiastic, occasionally sarcastic. 

We're bedrooms and laundry baskets and book bags. We're 

admission letters and degrees and all the memories in between. 

We are Southern Miss. 

And we. Are. Amazing. We're scholarships and awards. We're the 
gold, the silver, and the bronze. We're the respect of our peers 
and the courage of our convictions. We're praiseworthy. We're 
greatness, sometimes refined and other times raw, but always 
there, always present. We're those gracious losses that lead to 
other victories, greater victories. We're champions (no, not quite 
those champions, my friend, but we will keep on fighting). We're 
honored, and honorable. We're clever and compassionate. We're 
devoted, dedicated, unswerving. We're everything that we've 
accomplished — and even more importantly, we're everything 
we've tried to accomplish. We're learning, and we're 
winning. We're Southern Miss, and we're so much more. 
We're people: individual and distinct and distinguished. 
We're success: ours and our university's. 
We are People and our Distinctions, 
a list growing every day. 

Photo by Christy Dyess 

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People and Distinctions Introduction 27 


s the year ends, the old executive 
officers leave, and new leaders 
emerge, chosen by the people 
themselves. Each of them has 

one year to leave their mark, bettering 

the campus, and serving their peers. 

These are the officers of the Student 

Government Association (SGA). 

Like a wheel, the process of election 
and service continues, and Election 
Commissioner J.R. Robinson works to 
give students (even that someone who will 
be chosen to take his job in the spring) the 
opportunity to choose their leadership role. 
What are his plans for the year you might 
wonder? Twofold: "Moving to electronic 

voting and getting voter turnout up," he 
says. "Two very doable goals. I would also 
like to get some things rewritten in the 
election code." 

Being students themselves, the officers 
of the SGA know they need to balance 
business and pleasure. Robinson, a 
sophomore from Bolton, Mississippi 
majoring in Administration of Justice, is no 
exception. "We all work really hard in trying 
to better this university, but we try to have 
some fun with each other in the process," 
he says. "We love our jobs." 

But what makes a person run for a position 
in Student Government? For junior Jayson 

Newell, a Political Science major from 
Ridgeland, Mississippi, the answer isn't 
complicated. "I try to actually get out and 
make things happen," he says. "I love the 
people at Southern. I think that Southern 
doesn't try and mold you into a person you 
aren't, but encourages you to be who you 
want to be." 

As Attorney General of the SGA, he too 
plays a role in making things run smoothly 
everyday, often behind the scenes. And he, 
like Robinson, has plans. "My main goals 
for the year are to make students more 
aware of the appeals process through 
marketing projects, and to bring discipline 
cases back to student review. I want things 
to run smoothly with Judicial Board, but 
I also want to hold the rest of the SGA 

But service isn't always easy. "It has 
definitely made me busier than last year. 
It's a responsibility that I enjoy, but it does 
add to the schedule," Newell says. Still, 
according to him, it's not all stress at the 
SGA office. "The other executive officers 
are easy to work with and they make for an 
easy-going environment." 

Story by Jeffrey Guillot 
All Photos by Leah Bryan 

272 Student Life I SGA Officers 

Student Government Association Officers 273 

Deborah Quave 

a senior Tourism Mana 
major from Gndft 

274 People & Distinctions | Miss and Mr. Southern Miss 

Omari Pittman 

a senior Human Performance 

from Jackson 

Miss and Mr. Southern Miss 275 

276 Student Life | Phi Kappa Phi Silver Bowl 

Hattiesburg native Melissa Cirino is a senior, 
Sociology and Speech Communication major 
Throughout her career at Southern Miss, Melissa 
has been continuously involved in Student 
Government, from her first year as Freshman 
Associates' president to the past year when 
she had the opportunity to serve as Student 
Body President. She also served as Chair of the 
Mississippi Student Body Presidents' Council 
and worked to better connect students' 
interests with the Mississippi Institute of Higher 
Learning Board. Melissa helped pioneer 
Southern Miss's second-year experience 
program, the Year 2 Initiative, as a student 
advisor. Melissa is a Luckyday Citizens Scholar 
and served as a Luckyday freshman mentor. She 
enjoys volunteering with local organizations such 
as Neighbors @ Hawkins Elementary, youth 
groups, and Lamar County Junior Miss. Melissa 
plans to pursue a career working with policy and 
administration in Mississippi's public education 
system. She is the daughter of Doug and Mary 
Cirino and a graduate of Oak Grove High School. 

Melissa Cirino 

a senior Speech Communication 
major from Hattiesburg 

Gerald McRath graduated in December 2007 
with a B.S. degree in Sports Administration and 
a minor in Business Administration. He came 
to Southern Miss on football scholarship in 
August 2004. While part of the Golden Eagle's 
defense, Gerald earned numerous athletic 
honors including 2006 Freshman All-American, 
2006 Conference-USA All Freshman Team, 2007 
C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. 2007 2nd 
Team All-American, C-USA All-Conference 3 
years, and in 2008 led C-USA and ranked 10th 
nationally in tackles. In 2006 he was selected 
to attend the NCAA Leadership Conference. 
Gerald was an active part of the Student Athlete 
Advisory Committee which sponsored community 
programs such as the 2008 fall food drive which 
collected more than a ton of food for Hattiesburg 
food banks. In addition to his work locally, he 
represented Southern Miss on the C-USA SAAC 
Committee which reviews NCAA legislation with 
regard to effects on student-athlete welfare. 
Gerald is a native of Powder Springs, Georgia 
and is the son of Victor and Karla Bush. 

Gerald McRath 

a senior Sports Administration 
major from Powder Springs, Georgia 

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Melissa Lang 

Parking tickets are the Achilles 
heel of every Southern Miss 
student. Melissa Lang was 
the parking ticket savior: a 
member of the SGA Judicial 
Board. Melissa also served as a 
member of Southern Style, Eagle 
Connection and was president 
of Delta Gamma sorority. But 
it's not all serious. Melissa 
loves to find the enjoyable 
and lighthearted amongst the 
mundane: watching "30 Rock" 
in the DG chapter room, eating 
Wendy's frosties when pulling 
all-nighters and dressing up like 
cast members from "Lost." This 
spring, she leaves the comforts 
of Hattiesburg for Alcala, Spain. 
Chances are great, when she's 
driving away, she'll probably 
have her windows rolled down 
and Dispatch blaring through the 

All photos by David Jackson 

278 People and Distinctions | Hall of Fame 

Nicole Charlet 

Hospitality isn't always something 
that's associated with a dinner 
party or social event. Making 
students feel welcome from the 
moment they step on campus is 
an essential part of bringing them 
into the fold. Nicole Charlet has 
worked tirelessly over the past 
four years to make new students 
feel right at home. Serving as a 
member of Southern Style in 2007, 
Nicole continued to work with the 
First Year Experience Office in 
2008 as a Southern Style facilitator 
and Golden Eagle Welcome Week 
facilitator. But Nicole didn't stop 
there. She held three offices, New 
Member Educator, Vice-President' 
of Membership Education and, 
finally, President of Alpha Delta 
Pi sorority. Under her thoughtful 
leadership, the chapter was 
revitalized. The skills and pride she 
has instilled in the members will 
leave a lasting impression. 


Justin Poelma thinks the f_ 
his face was on the home Jpe has 
more than a little something to do 
with it. When he's not modeling for 
the home page, Justin can be found 
in the Polymer Scienq^uilding 
svnthesizing novel monomers and 
Ing all kinds of other things with 
elastics no one else understands. 
But what we do know is that Justin 
goes above and beyond being 
an average college student. He's 
a member of over 15 student 
organizations and honors societies. 
He's also spent extensive amounts 
of time volunteering. Justin did more 
than leave his mark on Southern 
Miss — he's leaving behind a plastic' 
coated example of how to be an 
exemplary student. Dr. David 
Davies, Dean of the Honors C 
says about Justin: 

"Justin is quite simply a s, 
example of the best that our Honors 
College students can be. He's a 
terrific researcher, and he's heavily 
involved in service activities." 

Samantha Nix 

She came into the university as 
gently as she leaves, but her impact 
can be seen in a variety of areas. 
The main one? You're looking at it. 
Samantha Nix has dedicated her 
time and talents to many genres of 
collegiate life: Student Government 
Association, the Honors College, 
and Product literary journal. But 
her most lasting contributions 
can be seen on the pages of this 
very book. She has served as the 
Managing Editor of The Southerner 
for three years, corralling reporters 
and photographers and working 
to ensure that the university's 
memories are thoughtfully 
represented. Mary Beth Walker, a 
former Southerner yearbook advisor, 
says about Samantha: 

"Samantha has a truly amazing 
spirit, and it has been my honor 
to be her mentor and friend. Her 
passion and drive for perfection in 
all that she does is truly inspiring 
to me and to all those who work 
around her." 

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Kendra Reed 



i riink scholar-athlete is an 
oxymoron? Think again, because 
Kendra Reed is just that. She's a 
Beckman Presidential Scholar, a 
McNair Scholar and a member of 
the Honors College. She's also 
Co-Captain of the Lady Eagles 
basketball team. As if that weren't 
enough, she's Treasurer of the 
Afro-American Student Association 
and a member of Alpha Kappa 
Alpha sorority. Kendra has been 
recognized by ESPN The Magazine 
as a member of their Academic All- 
District Team and is an Arthur Ashe 
National Scholar, too. Brains and 
skills: the scholar-athlete defined. 
Joye Lee-McNellis, head basketball 
coach for the Lady Eagles says 
about Kendra: 

"Her commitment to excellence 
has granted her the opportunity to 
be a success on the court, in the 
classroom, and in life. She has 
played an integral part in helping us 
rebuild Lady Eagle Basketball. Her 
passion and work ethic has allowed 
her to go down in the record books 
as one of the best to wear a Lady 
Fanie uniform. 

Hannah Rachel 

For some, Southern Miss feels 
like home. For Hannah Rachal, 
it just is. This Hattiesburg native 
has spent the past four years 
serving the community that 
has nurtured her for so long. 
A talented actress and public 
speaker, Hannah volunteers as 
a speech and debate coach at 
Hattiesburg High School. She 
also serves as a consultant at 
the Southern Miss Speaking 
Center. Hannah's most thoughtful 
accomplishment, though, 
was planning Delta Gamma's 
AnchorSplash for two years. 
The week-long series of events 
requires countless hours of 
planning and preparation, but the 
rewards are great. In her two- 
year tenure, the sorority raised 
$18,000 for Service for Sight. 

280 People and Distinctions | Hall of Fame 

All photos by David Jackson 

Jessica Shackleford 

Jessica's smart. Everyone 
knows it. She's a Goldwater 
Scholar, Truman Scholarship 
Finalist and USA Today 
Academic Team Honorable 
Mention winner. But she's 
got more going for her than 
academics. Jessica has served 
as a Student Government 
Association Senator and 
was a Section Editor for The 
Southerner. When she's not 
doing research in the Chemistry 
Department with Dr. Masterson, 
she's at Hattiesburg High 
School, helping students 
prepare for college through 
Freeing America's Natural 
Talent as Student's in Academia 
(FANTASIA), an organization 
she created. 

Paul Saputto 

Change. Most people hate it but some people love it, embrace 
it. That's Paul Saputo. His collegiate career has been shaped 
by his desire to change the city of New Orleans, his beloved 
home, and change the political climate of Southern Miss. 
Paul has volunteered countless hours with Conversations for 
Change, an organization that strives to make New Orleans a 
safer place to live. He also helped to facilitate the rebuilding 
of many areas around the Big Easy after the devastation of 
Hurricane Katrina. In Hattiesburg, he served as a Co-founder 
for the Center for Black Studies. 



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Dustin Boone, son of Ricki and Vicky Boone of Laurel, is a Microbiology major. 
Dustin is a member of Southern Style, the Student Government Association, and 
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, where he served as Vice-President of Programming. 
Although he is a dedicated student and involved campus leader, Dustin has one 
weakness: sugar cookies at the Fresh Food Company. 

Telia Brewer is a Music Education major and a member of the Honors College. 
She served as Freshman Homecoming Maid in 2005, is a member of Kappa 
Delta sorority and the leadership board for The Legacy. The Vicksburg native is 
the daughter of Gerald and Faye Brewer and is an accomplished vocal performer, 
having had the opportunity to perform in the Hattiesburg Choral Union and the 
prestigious Southern Chorale. 

Kristen Cangiamilla has served as president of both Chi Omega sorority and Eagle 
Connection. She is a founding member of the Residence Life Ambassadors and a 
Make-A-Wish volunteer. Kristen, a Tourism Management major from Mandeville, 
Louisiana, is the daughter of Joey and Monique Cangiamillia. 

Courtney Caples of Moss Point, Mississippi, is an Elementary Education major. 
Courtney, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and a McNair Scholar, is the 
daughter of Harvey and Mary Caples. While at Southern Miss, Courtney has left 
her mark by spending countless hours volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and 
Salvation Army. 

Nicole Charlet, a Psychology major from Metairie, Louisiana, is the daughter of 
Mike and Dena Charlet. Nicole, who was a member of Southern Style and also 
served as a Southern Style facilitator, credits Wynde Fitts as being a positive role 
model and mentor. Nicole also served as the President of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, is 
a member of the Honors College and served as an Honors College Ambassador. 

Free time is one thing Danielle Couturie doesn't have to spare. She was on 
Southern Style, was a Freshman Associates Advisor, GEWW Crew member, and 
she helped plan Eaglepalooza for two years running. The Tourism Management 
major from New Orleans is the daughter of Pete and Anna Couturie. Danielle, a 
Leadership Scholar, hopes to one day have a career in event planning. 

Honors College. Pi Beta Phi. First Book. Resident Assistant. Polymer Science. 
Ashley Cox, daughter of John and Michelle Cox of Ellisville, Mississippi, has gone 
above and beyond the level of involvement seen by most collegians. Ashley, who is 
also a McNair Scholar and was a nominee for the Goldwater Award, plans to pursue 
a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. 

Pamela "Denise" Dickerson, a Nursing major from Louin, Mississippi, is the 
daughter of Timothy Dickerson. Denise served as a Resident Assistant and is a 
member of the Residence Hall Association. She was a member of Southern Style 
and left her mark, literally, on Southern Miss while welcoming incoming freshmen to 
the university. Her handprint and initials can be seen lining the Eagle Walk. 

Christy Dyess, a Psychology major from Hattiesburg and daughter of Kathy 
Dearman and Wayne Dyess, is more than just a student. She's a teacher for the 
Mass Communication Department, a Luckyday Scholar, a Southerner yearbook 
Editor, and a Shafer Crisis Center Hotline volunteer. Christy is also a member of the 
Honors College and is an Honors College Ambassador. 

Brandi Ferrer has spent her collegiate career in a variety of exotic locales: Walt 
Disney World as a Collegiate Intern, Costa Rica studying abroad, and Hattiesburg 
gaining the educational foundation she needs to pursue her career in International 
Business. Brandi was also a member of Southern Style and Pi Beta Phi sorority, 
serving as New Member Educator. Brandi is the daugther of Leah Ferrer and the 
late Philip Ferrer, Jr. 

282 People and Distinctions | Who's Who 

Breanne Hancock is an Accounting major from Raleigh, Mississippi, and is the 
daughter of Jimmy and Connie Hancock. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and 
served as the Recruitment Chair in 2008. Breanne is an Honors College Ambassador 
and the Vice-President of Beta Alpha Psi business honor society. She plans to attend 
graduate school and become a Certified Public Accountant. 

Paul "Brennan" Hancock is a National Merit and Presidential scholar. The Jackson 
native is a Marketing major and the son of David and Leslie Hancock. Brennan is 
a member of the Honors College and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, where he served as 
Chaplain and Historian, as well as a Senator for the College of Business and a 
member of The Legacy advisory board. 

Lacey Harris is a Polymer Science, Molecular Biology and Chemistry triple major. 
That's right, triple. And on top of all that, she's involved with Polymer Science 
research, President of Women in Science and Engineering and a member of the 
Honors College. This Kiln, Mississippi native is the daughter of Doug and Donna 
Wahl and plans to attend dental school with the hopes of specializing in oral surgery. 

David Hawkins is a Music Performance majorfrom Clinton, Mississippi, and has 
served as both Vice-President and Rush Chairman for Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 
Entertainment Writer for the Student Printz and Co-Founder of the USM Guitar 
Society. The son of John and Toni Hawkins, David is also a member of the 
Hattiesburg Choral Society and the Honors College. 

Tommy Home has dedicated himself to service of his University and of his country. 
Tommy is a member of the US Army ROTC where he has served as Squad and 
Platoon Leader as well as Company Commander. He was also a member of the 
Ranger Team. This Meridian native is a Political Science major and is the son of 
Steve and Suzy Home. 

Cushanta Horton has been an active student leader, dedicating most of her time 
to the Afro-American Student Association. She has served as the President, Vice- 
President and Treasurer of AASO. Cushanta is also the Vice-President of Delta 
Sigma Theta sorority and a member of ELITE and IMAGE. The McNair Scholar is the 
daughter of Curtis Horton and Sandra and Henry Thomspon and is from Meridian, 

Jamecia "Rene" Jackson is the first student from Southern Miss to receive a 
Golden Torch award from the National Society of Black Engineers. The Industrial 
Engineering and Technology major is also an ambassador for the College of Science 
and Technology, a Resident Assistant and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. 
Rene is from Canton, Mississippi and is the daughter of Eronda Jackson. 

Keith Lampkin can usually be found hanging out in the Greek Life Office, his favorite 
place on campus. This member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity also served as the 
President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council in 2008 and is the President of the 
Future Black Law Students Association. Keith, a Political Science major and native 
of Bentonia, Mississippi, plans to attend law school. Keith is the son of Geraldine 
Lampkin and Larry Pelison. 

Melissa Lang, an International Studies and Spanish majorfrom Daphne, Alabama. 
is the daughter of Bruce Lang and Carol Curren. Melissa is a member of Southern 
Style, Eagle Connection and Delta Gamma sorority, where she served as the 
President and the Vice-President of Recruitment. In the Spring of 2009, Melissa is 
studying abroad at the Universidad deAlcala in Madrid, Spain. 

Jade Matthews is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, holding the offices 
of President and Financial Secretary. She was also a Resident Assistant and the 
Vice-President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. This Management major from 
Pascagoula, Mississippi is the daughter of George and Donna Matthews. She was 
the recipient of the AASO African-American Achievement award for 5 years in a row. 

Who's Who 283 

Christopher Mills is a Mathematics major from Oak Grove and is the son of Leonard 
and Sheila Mills. He is a Section Editor for The Southerner yearbook, Vice-President 
of Scholarship for the Interfraternity Council, member of five honor societies and New 
Member Development Chair and Philanthropy Chair for Sigma Nu fraternity. He also 
teaches a Chemistry lab class and serves as a peer tutor. 

Kaitlin "Kami" Mueller is a Political Science major from Yorktown, Indiana and the 
daughter of Harry and Kristin Mueller. Proud of her hometown, Kami has repeatedly 
taken her Southern Miss friends home for Fall Break. A member of Delta Delta Delta 
sorority, she has served as both the Vice President of Public Relations and the Vice 
President of Panhellenic. She was a member of Southern Style in 2007. 

George Napier, son of Bill and Christine Napier, is an Economics and Business 
Management double major. This Mandeville, Louisiana native was president of the 
Interfraternity Council and a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He also served as 
the inaugural president of Students in Free Enterprise, an organization that encourages 
education and leadership skills in tomorrow's business leaders. 

Samantha Nix, a French Language and English Literature double major from Clinton, 
Mississippi, and the daughter of Jerry and Le Nix, enjoys creative writing and poetry. 
Samantha is a Luckyday Scholar and studied abroad in France. While at Southern Miss, 
Samantha has been on the executive team of The Southerner yearbook for four years. 

Margaret "Maggie" Pikul is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and has held the offices 
of Vice President of Operations and Social Chair. She also served as the president of 
American Humanics Student Association and was a member of Southern Style and 
Freshman Associates. This Speech Communication major is from Vicksburg, Mississippi 
and is the daughter of Peter Pikul and Melissa Pikul. 

Corinthius "Omari" Pittman is Mr. USM - and not just because he's a pretty boy 
(and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity). He's a Southern Style member, 
GEWW Crew Leader, and a Resident Assistant, too. Omari also served as the Election 
Commissioner for the Student Government Association in 2007. He is Sports Medicine 
major from Jackson and the son of Dexter and Renee Moncure. 

Justin Poelma, a Polymer Science major from Ocean Springs, Mississippi is the son of 
John and Theresa Poelma. He's served as a research assistant for four years and had 
the opportunity to serve as a summer intern at the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology. A member of the Honors College, Justin is also a member of the Catholic 
Student Association. 

Hannah Rachal is dramatic, but in a good way. This Hattiesburg native had the 
opportunity to perform in the Hattiesburg Light Opera's productions of "Grease" and 
"The Sound of Music." Hannah, a Luckyday Scholar, also served as Delta Gamma 
sorority's AnchorSplash director for 2 years. A Speech Communication major, Hannah is 
the daughter of Dr. John Rachal and Myra Rachal. 

Miranda Ramsay is a Business Administration major from Ocean Springs, Mississippi 
and is the daughter of James and Denise Ramsay. She has been involved in Residence 
Life, serving as a Resident Assistant for two years and as an Assistant Hall Director. 
A Luckyday Scholar, Miranda has served on the Luckyday Executive Team and 
Leadership Team Cabinet. 

Kendra Reed does it all: athletics, academics, leadership. Kendra plays on the 
Lady Eagles basketball team and is Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory 
Committee. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and serves as the Vice- 
President of the Afro-American Student Organization. This Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 
native is a Biology major and the daughter of Jeffrey and Tina Reed. 

284 Student Life I Who's Who 

Brooke Ann Robinson is the daughter of Kenny and Lou Ann Robinson. The 
Elementary Education major hails from Mize, Mississippi. Brooke Ann was a Southern 
Miss cheerleader, Diamond Darling, and a member of Delta Gamma sorority where she 
served as the Vice President for Social Standards. The past four years have flown by. 
but she cherishes the memories made on trips with friends to Destin, Florida. 

Paul Saputo, a Psychology major from New Orleans, Louisiana, is the son of Paul 
and Juliana Saputo. He is a Presidential Scholar and a member of the Honors Student 
Association. Paul is a co-founder and former president of the Southern Miss Council for 
Public Deliberation. He has dedicated much of his college career to volunteer work and 
civic involvement. 

Darren Scoggin is a College of Science and Technology major as well as an Honors 
College Ambassador. This Microbiology major is from Laurel and is the son of Darren 
and Sarah Scoggin. Darren plans to attend medical school and serves on the Student 
Health Advisory Council. He is also a teaching assistant for undergraduate science 

Jessica Shackelford is a Goldwater Scholar who helped to create FANTASIA, an 
organization designed to help Hattiesburg High School seniors manage the labyrinth of 
the college application process. Jessica is a member of the Honors College and works 
as a Chemistry lab teaching assistant and tutor. She is a native of Senatobia, Mississippi 
and is the daughter of Jerry and Darlene Shackleford. 

Gail Sims is a Biology major from Meridian, Mississippi, the daughter of Dudley and 
Jane Sims. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and served as Vice President and 
Director of Campus Activities. Gail was the Homecoming Director in 2007 and Director 
of the Miss University pageant in 2008. She recently had the opportunity to attend the 
inaugural events for President Obama. 

tend th< 

Tiffany Skrmetti is president of The Legacy and creating a legacy has been her goal 
since she first arrived on campus. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and 
served as Homecoming Director for the Student Government Association. Tiffany, an 
Exercise Science major from Biloxi and the daughter of Michael and Patricia Skrmetti, is 
a member of the College of Health Student Advisory Committee. 

William Thompson is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and serves 
as an ambassador for the College of Health and Technology. He is a Marine Biology 
major from Madison, Mississippi and is the son of Kevin and Tracy Thompson. William 
also works as a docent on the Biology Trail, working with school-aged children to make 
science more accessible and fun. 

Kathryn "Jade" White is a Speech-Pathology and Audiology major from Mobile. She 
is the daughter of Roy and Gwen White. Jade has been a Dixie Darling for four years 
and served as the captain for the 2008-2009 season and also got to dance at a Green 
Bay Packers game in 2006. Jade is also a member of the Honors College and was a 
member and Junior Advisor for Lambda Sigma honor society. 

Samuel Zeanah likes his name so much, he named a whole band after himself. 
The Sam Zeanah Band takes up a majority of his time: writing and recording songs, 
performing at university events and in favorite local nightspots. This Radio and Television 
Production major from Gulf Shores, Alabama also made "Student Powered Videos" that 
were used as promotional material by the University. Sam is the son of Robert Zeanah 
and Fran McCurry. 

Who's Who 285 


Evan Anderson is a graduate student from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, pursuing a 
degree in Coastal Science. He works for the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory studying 
and monitoring estuarine and marine resources in the coastal regions of Mississippi. 
Evan was a presenter at the Bays and Bayous Symposium in Biloxi and participated in 
the USM Invent Your Future contest, winning third place. 

Anthony Bounds, a Paralegal Studies major from Picayune, Mississippi, serves as 
a Public Information Officer for Pearl River County Emergency Operations. Anthony 
worked with the Pearl River County Prosecutor as a paralegal and has volunteered his 
time as a forensic interviewer, working with abused children. He hopes to continue his 
education by pursuing a degree in Law. 

Elizabeth Calantoni left her position as a high school physics teacher to pursue a 
master's degree in Business Administration. She was a leader of the team of students 
who helped the Gulf Coast Student Needs Assessment Survey. After completing her 
degree, this Diamondhead, Mississippi resident plans on pursuing a degree in Marketing 

Renee Collins is an Aviation Resource Manager in the United States Air Force. This 
Psychology major lives in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She was a founding member and 
President of Women in the Wind Dixie Angels, a civic group that promotes motorcycle 
safety. After graduation, Renee plans to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to 
continue her education. 

Pascal Gill is an Accounting major from Saucier, Mississippi. He currently works for 
Mississippi Power and plans on continuing post graduation study. Pascal serves as 
the Director of Leisure Services through the Saucier Improvement Association and the 
Harrison County Board of Supervisors. He is also active at Gateway United Methodist 
Church, and sings in the Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus. 

Teresa Hagwood of Saucier, Mississippi is currently working on her third degree from 
Southern Miss: a bachelor's degree in Nursing. After a career as a social worker, Teresa 
now plans to use her nursing degree to provide quality health care for residents of the 
Gulf Coast. Teresa was a member of Sigma Theta Tau honor society and the Gulf Coast 
Student Government, serving as treasurer. 

Erin Hebert is a Nursing major from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She served as the 
class secretary for her nursing class. Erin was also a member of Sigma Theta Tau 
nursing honor society. She received both the Nursing Eagle and Art & Heart of Nursing 

Rachel Hernandez, a Biological Sciences major from Diamondhead, Mississippi, plans 
to attend dental school. She recently participated in the Southern Miss Stephen Hatten 
externship program where she was able to work under Theresa Jones, D.D.S. While at 
Southern Miss, Rachel was a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta honor society. 

286 People and Distinctions | Who's Who 


Dan Holiday hopes to one day work for NASA. This Coastal Sciences major from 
Gulfport has received awards, fellowships and scholarships for Graduate Research. 
Dan also had the opportunity to present his research on remote sensing imagery at the 
American Geophysical Union and the 32nd Annual Symposium on Remote Sensing of 
the Environment. 

Tenetta Holt is a member of the 338th Training Squadron of the United States Air Force. 
She is a Community Health major and has an emphasis in Community Health Promotion. 
Tenetta volunteers her time as a Peer Teen Leader through the Smart Choices, Smart 
Community program at the Boys and Girls Club. She is also a member of the Southern 
Miss Area Health Educators Association. 

Tershara Matthews is pursuing her PhD in Coastal Sciences. This Ocean Springs 
resident is currently working as an environmental scientist for the Department of the 
Interior. Tershara has had the opportunity to present her research to both the World 
Aquaculture Society and the Blue Crab Advanced Research Consortium. 

Jordan McCrary has worked with the White Oak Writing Project, helping to lead writing 
seminars for high school students. Jordan is an English major from Gulfport. He is 
also the winner of the 2008 Southern Miss Gulf Coast Campus Spring Writing Contest. 
Jordan works at the Gulf Coast Speaking and Writing Centers as a peer tutor. 

Michelle Richmond is a member of Gamma Beta Phi and volunteers at the Boys and 
Girls Club of Gautier, Mississippi. Michelle is pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership 
and Administration and continues her career as an elementary school principal with the 
Pascagoula School District. Michelle is a member of Gamma Beta Phi honor society and 
volunteers with the United Way. 

Aaron Rosetti is a Nursing major from Gulfport. She has volunteered at Health Fairs 
throughout the Gulf Coast and worked with the Gulfport High School Nurses Club to 
encourage high school students to pursue a career in nursing. Aaron is also a Big Sister 
for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization and has taken a mission trip to Saltillo. 

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John Barr 

Attending Southern Miss is 
a family tradition. John Barr 
shares the Golden Eagle spirit 
with his older sister, Yvette, 
and is the son of Robert 
and Vivian Barr of Gautier, 
Mississippi. But following in 
his sister's shadow isn't his 
style. John, a member of 
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity 
and Freshman Associates, 
has already left his mark. He 
serves as a reporter for The 
Southerner yearbook and is a 
member of the Southern Miss 
Activity Council. John is also 
a Presidential and Leadership 
Scholar as well as a member 
of the Honors College. He's 
outstanding, no doubt, and 
that's a family legacy he's 
proud to continue. 

Rebecca Masters 

Rebecca Masters represents 
Southern Miss well, both 
on and off the field. A proud 
member of the Lady Eagles 
soccer team, Rebecca was 
selected for the Conference 
USA Honor Roll and the 
Athletic Director's Honor Roll. 
Rebecca is also a Luckyday 
Scholar and a member of 
the Luckyday Freshman 
Council. A native of Ellisville, 
Mississippi and the daughter 
of Eddie and Kathy Masters, 
Rebecca is also a member of 
the Honors College and the 
Baptist Student Union. 

288 People and Distinctions | Most Outstanding Freshmen 

Erick Brown 

How much do you love your 
Southern Miss? Erick Brown 
bleeds black and gold and wants 
to make sure you do, too. A 
member of the Golden Varsity 
Athletic Booster Club and the 
Random Acts of School Spirit 
Committee Chairman, Erick does 
all he can to share his Golden 
Eagle pride. Erick, the son of 
James and Regina Brown of 
Columbus, Mississippi, is also 
a member of The Legacy and a 
Presidential Scholar. 

Rudy Chopin 

Rudy Chopin almost didn't come 
to Southern Miss. With his bags 
packed for another university, 
Rudy just couldn't shake the 
thought that Southern Miss was 
the place for him. Luckily, he 
followed his instinct and has 
used that passion for Southern 
Miss to help recruit other local 
high school students through 
Eagle Connection. Rudy is also a 
member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity 
and Freshman Associates. Rudy 
is the son of Pam and Anthony 
Chopin of Petal. 

Jessica Dominguez 

Jessica Dominguez is the first 
person in her family to attend 
college. But Jessica's done more 
than just attend, she's gotten 
involved in campus life on many 
levels. A proud member of Delta 
Delta Delta sorority, Jessica 
was chosen to serve as Chapter 
Correspondent and will be 
attending a national leadership 
conference for the sorority this 
Spring. Jessica is also a member 
of Freshman Associates and the 
Southern Miss Activities Council. 
She is the daughter of Vima 
and Jorge Dominguez of New 

Mark Harris 

Mark Harris has used his 
freshman year as a time for 
"independence, self-motivation, 
and growth in leadership ability." 
Mark is the son of Jeanne 
Harris and is from Mobile. 
Since arriving at Southern Miss, 
Mark has become extremely 
active in the Catholic Student 
Association, serving as a lector 
and Eucharistic Minister, retreat 
coordinator, Sacristan, and 
even serving on the CSA Board, 
a position that is traditionally 
reserved for upperclassmen. 
Mark is a member of the Honors 
College and a Presidential 

Kara Palmer 

To Kara Palmer, Southern Miss is 
a home away from home. Far. far 
away from home 1 156 miles to 
be exact Kara is the daughter of 
Sherry and JP Palmer and hails 
from Elk River, Minnesota Kara is 
a member of the Honors College 
and the Ballroom Dance Club 
She is also a Presidential Scholar 
and serves as a volunteer for Big 
Brothers/Big Sisters 

Shenique Russ 

Shenique Russ, the daughter 
of Sharon and MSgt Melvin 
Thompson, is used to the military 
lifestyle, so it's no surprise that 
she chose to become a member 
of the Air Force ROTC. She 
serves as the Public Affairs officer 
and Flight Commander for the 
AFROTC and is also a member 
of the color guard. Shenique 
has earned both physical fitness 
and academic awards. A native 
of Biloxi, Shenique is also a 
Luckyday Scholar. 

Ashley Villarreal 

Ashley Villarreal has lived in 
Hattiesburg all her life, but 
coming to Southern Miss opened 
up a whole new world in the 
middle of her hometown. Ashley 
is a member of Delta Delta Delta 
sorority and the Catholic Student 
Association. A Presidential 
Scholar, Ashley is also a member 
of the Honors College. Ashley is 
the daughter of Lynette and Mark 

Aaron Wise 

Aaron "AJ" Wise is a native of 
Vancleave, Mississippi and the 
son of Beverly and Paul Wise. 
Aaron is more than just a student: 
he's training for a career in the 
US Air Force through the Air 
Force ROTC. He will represent 
Southern Miss at Jump School 
this summer and serves as 
an AFROTC recruiting officer 
AJ is also a Luckyday Scholar 
and member of Phi Kappa Tau 

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Adetokunbo Abanikanda 

Merry Abel 


Kaneeshia Abney 

Sharen Abney 


Dustin Ackley 


Amber Adams 


Henry Adams 


Jalea Adams 


Kenya Adams 


Kimberly Adams 


Stephen Adams 


Tyler Ainsworth 


Obafemi Alao 


Beth Alexander 


Lanchasica Alexander 

Nicholas Alford 


Raven Allbritton 


Amanda Allemard 


Gregory Allen 


Horace Allen 


Jasmine Allen 

Jasmine Allen 


Kiara Allen 


Amy Anazia 


Bentley Anderson 


Justina Anderson 

Keona Anderson 


Laura Anderson 


Paul Anderson 


Romesha Anderson 


Scott Anglin 


Jamie Annessa 

Jasmine Applewhite 

Erin Arbogast 


Corey Archie 


Chris Arguedas 


Jessica Armstrong 


William Armstrong 


Ryan Arnold 


Bianca Arrington 


Jared Arrington 

Amber Ashley 


Jalesha Atkins 


Torrie Atkins 


Garrick Aube 

Madison Audiffred 


Samantha Ausbon 


Jairus Austin 




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Montrell Austin 

Jassmyn Averett 


Kacie Bailey 


Latasha Bailey 


Kimberly Balde 


Theresa Baldo 

Jilean Baldree 


Jamaal Bankhead 

Darriell Banks 

Gerald Baptiste 

Bryden Barabin 

Megan Baratti 

Ashley Barber 

Austin Barbour 


Brandon Bark 

Zachary Barker 

Tristan Barlow 

Megan Barnes 


William Barnes 

John Barr 

Jessica Barrett 


Kevin Barrett 

Arielle Bateman 

Jefferey Bates 


Ryan Baughman 


Andrew Bautista 

Jessi Baylis 

Jocelyn Bays 

Ashley Beasley 

Truett Beasley 


Amy Beaugh 

Fanecia Bell 


Luxury Bell 

Consula Benn 

Sophia Benn 

Ben Benson 

Brittany Benson 


Laurie Benvenutti 


Anna Berry 


Ashley Betts 

Joshua Bianchini 

Jasmine Binet 


Mary Bishop 

Shalendra Black 


Diana Blackston 

Joelle Blackwood 


Chasity Blakely 

Ashton Blakenship 

Students 291 

Britiney Blanchard 

Jameeka Bland 

Lacey Blankenship 

Thomas Bocek 


Sumner Boissiere 


Chelsea Bolden 


Maria Bolgiano 


Joshua Bollare 


Jalissa Bolton 

Kristen Bolton 


Robin Bolton 


Tara Bonslater 


Taylor Booth 


Holly Borries 


Christopher Bostick 


Krystel Boston 


Tremayne Bouie 


Kandi Bouldin 


Ashley Bourgeois 


Joanelle Bradley 


James Brady 


Melanie Brady 


Drew Bragg 


Katie Bragg 


Jerrika Brantley 


Molleigh Brantley 


Maggie Brawders 


Andrew Brennan 


Jessica Brewer 


Aaron Bridges 


Reagan Bridley 


Jessica Brienvenu 


Jeremy Britt 


Ellis Brooks 


Larreca Brooks 


Steven Brooks 


Holly Broudreaux 


Kirsti Broughton 


Steven Broughton 

Andrew Brown 

April Brown 

Bethany Brown 


Brenton Brown 


Cagney Brown 


Charles Brown 


Erick Brown 


Jasmine Brown 


Jelesia Brown 

292 People and Distinctions | Students 

Krystal Brown 

Melody Brown 


Tristan Brown 

Troy Brown 

Sarah Browning 
Graduate Student 

Lesley Brumfield 

Markeisha Brumfield 

James Brunson 

Reed Brunson 

Sandi Brushaber 

Amanda Bryan 

Leah Bryan 

Tristan Bryan 

Isaac Bryant 

Charles Bryd 

Jonathan Buchanan 


Lashuanda Buckhalter 

Stanley Buckley 


Jericka Buford 

Laura Bullock 

Rachel Bullock 

Graduate Student 

Christina Bumburg 

David Bunch 

Jason Bunn 

Jarvis Burnette 

Keundreiah Burns 

Latoria Burns 

Terica Burns 

Sinitika Burt 

Tralisa Burtch 

Ken Busby 

Cerod Butler 

Frotasha Buxton 

Shelley Caddell 


Brittney Cade 

Hillary Calhoun 

LaRue Calliet 

Alisha Campbell 


Christopher Campbell 


Wesley Campbell 


Ivory Cancer 

Kristen Cangiamilla 

Cherodie Cannon 


Courtney Caples 


Bishop Carby 


Tyler Cargill 

Richard Carlisle 

Rickkitta Carlisle 

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You have invariably seen him 
around campus at some point or 
another, even if it's just looking 
on as he's break dancing at 
Friday Night at the Fountain. 
If you happen to be in the Fresh Food 
Company, he's the one with twenty or so 
people at his table, all cracking up, and 
he's the center of it all. The character 
we're talking about is Roger "Blink" Magee. 
Even people who think they don't know 
who he is get that light bulb going off when 
you start describing him. Roger Magee is 
a senior Broadcast Journalism major here 
at Southern Miss, but who is Roger "Blink" 
Magee, really? 

To start off, he's an army brat and has 
lived all over the United States, a fact to 
which Roger attributes a great deal of his 
personality and style. "That's what makes 
me so diverse. Having lived in so many 
places and having to make friends over 
and over again... you have to be able to 
adjust and be diverse." And diverse he is, 
in addition to being one of the least shy 

people you'll ever meet. You'll see Roger 
hanging out with anyone and everyone on 
campus. "I sometimes make it a goal to just 
meet one or two new people every day," 
said Roger. One of the more astonishing 
things is that he was able to reach this 
level of visibility on campus without being 
in any major club, organization, or being 
Greek. "I was in AASO and UAC for about 
a semester, and Stage Monkeys for a little 
while," he said. "I like hearing what people 
have to say; why they feel that way... it tells 
a lot about who they are. I want to know 
their story." 

And then, there's the dancing. Most 
people who know Roger likely saw him for 
the first time while he was break dancing. 
After picking up a break dancing DVD back 
in 2004, Roger fell in love with the art. "I 
just did it on and off, learned a few moves 
and went with it," said Roger. "I definitely 
remember [my first time at Friday Night 
at the Fountain]. DJ Sweat was playing, 
and the song was 'Run' by David Banner. 
I just started moving, threw in a few break 

dancing moves, and soon enough people 
were joining in. I'm a big music nut. I listen 
to anything from metal to old school hip 
hop... literally, everything." When asked 
why he enjoyed all types of music so 
much instead of one particular type, Roger 
answered quickly: "Because it tells a story. 
It tells something about the individuals 
who created it. It shows you the deeper 
meaning behind the music. 

Through it all, one glaring theme seems 
to shine through Roger "Blink" Magee. 
He is interested in everyone else's story. 
"I like knowing the deeper meanings., 
in either music or who someone is. I jus 
like hearing what people have to say anc 
seeing where they come from. Everyone 
likes a good story." In the end, after living 
everywhere from Hawaii to Mississippi, 
Roger's philosophy can be summed up in 
his own words: "It's about the journey, not 
the destination." 

Story by Alan Wheat 
Photo by David Jackson 

294 People and Distinctions | Roger Magee 


Nicole Carpenter 


Brandi Carter 


Laporsha Carter 

Rekesha Carter 


Tangee Carter 

Graduate Student 

Xzavia Carter 


Daniel Cass 


Earnest Cater 

Paul Chain 


Bradley Champine 

Kacey Chandler 

John Chapman 


Nicole Chariet 


Jeanine Charity 


Ordavion Charleston 

Angelle Chariet 


Allison Chauvin 


Ryan Chauvin 

Jessica Cheeks 


Kimberly Chesteen 

Zachary Chigley 

Kyle Childress 

Olivia Chisolm 

Kirsten Chodrick 

Brandon Christian 


Freda Clark 

Roshonder Clark 

Shambry Clark 

Jason Clay 

Amie Clayton 

Tierra Clemmons 

Sheila Clincy 

Brian Cline 

Jessica Coats 

Michael Cobb 


Janet Cohen 

Graduate Student 

Rickie Cole 

Arthur Coleman 

Cameron Coleman 

Dennis Coleman 


Kaylon Coleman 


Nickolas Coleman 

Tracitta Coleman 


Kathleen Collette 


Alexandria Collins 


Jessica Collins 


Kim Collins 

O'Keiya Collins 

Students 295 

Tasharon Collins 

Sarah Commiskey 


Laportia Coney 


Shaquetta Coney 


JoTrina Conner 


Amber Connerly 


Andrea Cook 


Martina Cooke 


Jasmine Cooley 


Mercedes Cooper 


Zach Cooper 


Victoria Copeland 


Catherine Copelandduh 


Cheryl Cornacchione 


Renata Costa 


Hope Cousin 


Danielle Couturie 


Daniel Covert 


Jaclyn Craft 


Heather Crayton 


Andreah Cress 


Katrina Crump 


Sheclecian Cummings 


Katherine Currie 


Lindsey Curtis 


Kimberly Cutre 


Michael Daqger 


Qimmah Dailey 


Meryl Dakin 


James Dale 


Kendra Dancy 


Martha Daniels 


Molly Daniels 


Ryan Danyus 


Dakoda Dauner 


Anna-Colby Davis 


Austin Davis 


Bridgette Davis 


Demares Davis 


Deonica Davis 


Je'Lisa Davis 

Jeremy Davis 


Jonnedrion Davis 


Ladonna Day 


Amanda Deese 


Chelsea Deese 


Jessica DeJean 


Lucas DeLaRiva 


296 People and Distinctions | Students 

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Ariel Demico 


Mary Dennis 


James Derossette 


Andrea Dexter 

Denise Dickerson 

George Dickinson 

Ki-Osha Diggs 

Kristie Dilliston 

Patrick Dilliston 

Keshia Dillon 

Uzoma Dimbga 

Brittany Dixon 

Deshenia Dixon 

Emily Dobbe 

Thomas Dobbs 


Zenith Dock 

Esther Dollar 

Keenan Dollar 

Paul Donnell 

Jazmine Doswell 

Courtney Douglas 
Graduate Student 

Darrian Douglas 

Bonnie Dowden 


Christine Downs 

Melvin Downs 

Tamara Doyle 

Brian Dozier 

David Drake 

Martina Draughn 

Paul Driscoll 

Jennifer Dubose 

Walter Duck 


Gerri Ducksworth 

Paranovecia Ducksworth 

Meagan Duncan 

Amanda Dunn 

Audrey Dunnam 

Melissa Dunne 

Kaylee Dwyer 

Adam Dyess 


Christy Dyess 


Brittany Eazell 

Hannah Echols 

Briana Edison 

Joshua Edison 

Ashley Edwards 

Brandi Edwards 


Brandon Edwards 

Students 297 

Dustin Edwards 


Oliana Edwards 


Rachael Edwards 

Rae Ehrlich 


Evan Elkins 

Debreka Elliott 


Gary Ellis 


Savannah Ellzey 


Joel Eples 


Jacqueline Erves 


Julien Esmery 


Antonio Evans 


Jasmine Evans 


Maggie Evans 


Richard Evans 

StaQuilla Everett 


Sarah Extine 


Santee Ezell 


Woodson Faerber 


Anesha Fairley 


Binesha Fairley 


Terricka Fairley 

Samone Faulkner 


Tadaria Fenton 


Tammy Ferrell 


Tim Finnigan 


Gloria Flamenco 


Marquisha Flanagan 


Danielle Fleming 


Andy Flickinger 


Thomas Flinn 


Jennifer Flint 


Henry Flowers 


Ashley Folse 


Victoria Ford 


Haley Forman 


Reneshia Forrest 

John Forstall 


Darius Fortenberry 


Whittany Franklin 


Tori Frasher 


Curtis Frazier 


Joshua Frazier 


Chasity Freeman 


Elliott Freeman 


Natalie Frye 


Roderick Frye 


Candace Fryfogle 


298 People and Distinctions | Students 


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Jordan Fulcher 

DeAngelo Gales 


Demise Gales 


Chelsey Gamble 


Isaac Gang 


Cindy Garcia 

Quincy Gardner 

Danielle Garland 

Cherika Garrett 


Brent Garriga 

Cortney Gates 


Michael Gauthier 

Tina Gavin 

Keiandria George 


Jeremy Gerondal-Garnero 

Jamie Gibbs 


De'anna Gibson 


Katelynn Gibson 


John Gilbert 

Rebecca Gilbert 


Dominick Gill 

Savanna Gilley 

Kelsi Gilleylen 

Niesha Gilmore 

Andrew Girard 


Chistina Gladney 

Christy Gleber 

Jacob Godard 


Antoine Godel 

Matthew Godshaw 


Judd Godwin 


Addison Gonzalez 


Jerami Goodmar 

Jillian Gordan 

Molly Gordan 


Lavonia Grace 

James Grady 

Molly Graham 

Keisha Grandberry 

Brittany Gray 


Sorinthia Gray 

Antionette Green 


Reondra Green 

Richard Green 

Tarquinius Green 

Triyonna Green 

Morgan Greene 


Jacques Grenier 

Students 299 

Divah Griffin 

Erica Griffin 


Rachel Griffin 


Marion Grohando 

Latisha Grove 


Logan Grubbs 

Graduate Student 

Amie Guenard 


Jefferey Guillot 


Cory Gunkel 


Fabiola Gutierrez 


Kelie Gutterman 


Stephanie Gwin 


Leigh Haas 


Nicholas Haas 


Cordelea Haecker 


Kelsey Haggard 


Brittany Hall 


Calvin Hall 


Delisha Hall 


Delorean Hall 


Portia Hall 


Timothy Halton 


Danielle Hamilton 

Elizabeth Hamlin 


Patricia Hancock 

Graduate Student 

Tyler Hancock 


Scott Haney 


Mary Louis Hanna 


Tewoine Harness 


Brett Haro 


Danielle Harris 


Jeremie Harris 


Justin Harris 

Mark Harris 


Frederick Harris-Russel 

Corey Hart 


Brittney Harvey 


Latrisha Hathorn 


Curtis Hatten 


Alyson Haulsee 


Alesia Haynes 


Ginger Haywood 


Alexis Heard 


Kendra Heildelberg 


Kelly Hembree 

Graduate Student 

Ishmeal Henderson 


Myles Henderson 


Ryan Herbert 


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Joycelyn Hernshaw 


Chasity Herring 

David Herrington 

Diamonisha Herrington 


eet Stan Roberts. Roberts 
is a sophomore Violin 
Performance major from 
Gulfport and a Presidential 
Scholar, though he looks humbly on 
the reception of such an award. "I felt 
as if I did horrible in the interview and 
was accepted because of my high ACT 
scores," said Roberts. Despite this blunt 
humility, what Roberts is confident about, 
however, is his love of classical music 
and his dreams of conducting a major 
symphony orchestra. 

There are those occasional souls 
that appreciate the tunes from older 
generations. While this appreciation may 
translate as a passion for blues from the 
50's and 60's for many, for Stan Roberts, 
it was classical music that held the true 

allure. "Granted," he says "there is nothing 
wrong with contemporary music, but it 
seems that classical music already has 
sifted the bad from the good." It is upon 
this foundation that Roberts continues 
to develop his love of the genre through 
practice, patience and a positive attitude. 
For Roberts, a love of classical music 
has opened many doors both at Southern 
Miss and in other arenas of his life. 
Participation in campus-based groups has 
naturally led to numerous extracurricular 
activities in music. "My passion for music 
started in middle school," said Roberts, 
"...violin and orchestra were just right. 
Sports seemed uninteresting to me." 

During middle school Roberts played 
trumpet and violin; however, later he 
decided to put down the trumpet in 

order to hone his skills at the stringed 
instrument that has brought him to 
Southern Miss and the place in life he is 
now. Through his long-standing activities 
and involvement in the field of music. 
violin has been something that Roberts 
has kept close to him; the instrument 
was something he felt "fit" him. However. 
as his skills have become refined and 
his musical prowess has continued to 
develop, Roberts has begun to look past 
his bow and four strings to a more central 
role. Roberts has now set conducting as 
his new primary goal as he presses on to 
"...see both aspects of conducting from 
the conductor's side and the side of the 
musician as well." 

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Photo by David Jackson 

Stan Roberts 301 

Johnny Hesselberg 


Alice Hiatt 

Corey Higginbotham 


lla Higginbotham 


Albert Hill 


Darlene Hill 

Graduate Student 

Jerica Hill 


Jessica Hill 


Richard Hill 


Kemandis Hillard 


Recardo Hines 


Keiandria Hinton 


William Hinton 


Thang Hoang 


De'Nandra Hobbs 


Miranda Hodge 


Megan Hodges 


Shane Hoes 


Carrie Hoffman 


Elizabeth Hoffman 


Eric Hogan 


Hannah Hogue 


Liu Holliday 


Talisha Hollingsworth 


Amber Hollins 


Brandon Holmes 


Lashundra Hooker 


Jhermi Hooten 


Sharde Hopkins 


Anthony Hopper 


Anthony Home 


Devan House 


Margaret Houston 


Kimberly Houzah 


Darius Howard 


Jasper Howard 


Ronald Howard 


Timothy Howard 


Zachary Howard 


Miller Howell 


Emily Hoxie 

Renee Hrapmann 


Janina Hubbard 


Shatasha Hubbard 


Rebecca Huddleston 


James Hudson 


Lila Hudson 


Orie Hudson 


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Emily Huffman 

Jason Huffman 


Allison Hughes 

Brian Hughes 


Jamison Hughes 


Jessica Hughes 


Rebecca Hulsey 


Carrie Hunt 

Heather Hunt 

Troy Hurbert 


Joshua Hurd 

Alexis Hynes 

Meagan Ishee 

Ammeria Jackson 


Annie Jackson 


Cedrick Jackson 


David Jackson 

Elana Jackson 


Farren Jackson 


Gabrielle Jackson 


Tayla Jackson 


Whitney Jackson 


Elaina James 


Keyana James 


Perry James 


Edward Jasper 


Monica Jefferson 


Shacortney Jefferson 

Chaz Jeffries 


Jessica Jelinski 

David Jensen 


Jose Jimenez Gonzalez 


Janet John 


Becker Johnson 


Breana Johnson 

Brittany Johnson 


Daniel Johnson 


Daniel Johnson 


Jamani Johnson 


Jennifer Johnson 

Joe Johnson 


Jonnett Johnson 

Lindsey Johnson 

Lori Johnson 

Mi'Shayla Johnson 

Nicole Johnson 

Saquanda Johnson 


Terri Johnson 


Students 303 

Treavor Johnson 


Amanda Johnston 


Eron Johnston 


Nathan Johson 


Brittany Jones 

Brittany Jones 


Brooke Jones 


Chandra Jones 


Chris Jones 


Connie Jones 


Doug Jones 


Elijah Jones 

Jessie Jones 


Kynata Jones 


La'Desha Jones 


Melisa Jones 


Mitchell Jones 


Zachary Jones 

Jeremy Jordan 


Jessica Jordan 

Rachel Jordan 

Graduate Student 

Kawanha Joseph 


Montressa Joshua 

Alyssa Jung 


Mychael Keeler 


Ian Keenum 


Camille Keith 


Maxy Keller 

Christopher Kelly 


Kayla Kelly 


Jessica Kennard 


Jamaal Keyes 

Jasmine Keys 


Kensley Keys 


Rahul Khade 


Bene Khaules 


Nicholas Kibodeaux 

John Kidd 


Mercedes Killingsworth 

Mario King 


Cordell Kinn 

Johnathan Kirksey 


Joseph Kitchin 


Beunka Knight 


Greggory Knight 

Zachary Knight 


Ashley Knox 


Stephanie Knox 


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Esli Konick 


Jefferey Kovacevich 


Shannon Krouse 


Monica Labit 


Melissa Ladner 

Ryan Ladner 


Samuel Ladnier 


Aaron Lafrance 


Earl LaGaize 


Robert Laird 

Jennifer Lamb 


Cody Lambert 

Jonathan Lamptey 

Melissa Lang 

Lauren Langham 

Bryan Lankford 

DeAndre Larry 

Wan-Chunn Lat 


Stephanie Latca 


Krystal Laury 

Christina Lawless 


Alexis Lawson 


Kiet Le 

Malcolm LeBeau 


Lauren LeBlanc 


Anderw Lee 

Cierra Lee 

Eric Lee 


Johnathan Lee 


Marcus Lee 

John Leek 


Tiarra LeFlore 


Rebecca Leigh 

Aurelie Lenen 


Chad Lessard 


Chad Leufroy 


Elizabeth Levi 


Courtney Lewis 


Teresa Lewis 

Helison Lima 

Heather Lindsey 

Marina Lindstrom 

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William Litchliter 


Virginia Little 

Desmond Lloyd 


Mitchell Lloyd 


Natashia Lloyd 


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The best place to catch Ashley Lane long 
enough to have a full conversation is at 
the Agora, in the International Center, 
not far from the Theatre and Dance 
Building, her home away from home. Grab a 
cup of coffee and sit at the counter while the 
senior Dance Education major from Long 
Beach, Mississippi, laughs and tells you about 
her experiences — they're each as interesting 
as the last, nonlinear staccato bursts about her 
life so far. 

"College," she says, "is all about the experience. 
That's what makes it special. It's not about just 
the classes, just a degree. It's about everything 

In pursuit of that experience, she's done it 
all — choreographed dance showcases on the 
Gulf Coast campus, fostered her love of art 
and traveled across Europe. "I took a history 
of witchcraft class at the Abbey in Pontlevoy," 
she says. "It didn't much help me in pursuit of 
my major, but it was so interesting. Again, it's 
the experience that counts. While in Europe 
I was able to travel to Ireland, London, Paris, 
Budapest, all over." 

Her coffee's forgotten now, for the moment. 
"I come from a really artsy family," she says. 
"Mom's a graphic designer and dancer; we 
even took dance lessons together when I 
was younger. I think maybe that's helped me 
foster a love of teaching and sharing what 
I've learned — I want to teach. I want to create 
dances and share them with people." 

That goal has resulted in Lane narrowing her 
educational focus — if only for now. "Dance is so 
intense and takes up so much of my time that 
I couldn't double major in art the way I wanted 
to. But I do plan to come back and get my art 
degree after graduating in dance education. 
It's actually kind of funny — I came to school as 
an art major, and then, thanks to a last-second 
dance department audition, changed to dance 

What's next for Ashley Lane? "I'd love to go 
to Portland," she says. "Contact improvisation 
is big up there — that's dancing between two 
partners who are in constant contact and 
communication. I'm really attached to it. 
But regardless, I want to come back here. 
Hattiesburg is growing, and has a vibrant and 
changing art scene. I want to open a dance 
company here one day, and share my art with 

Story by Marie John 
Photo by David Jackson 

306 People and Distinctions | Ashley Lane 

a hi En* 

Beverly Locker 


Leighanne Lockhard 


Kelsey Lockhart 


Ashley Long 

Cache' Longmire 


John Lopez 

Shanay Lott 

Tilba Lott 


Gregary Louis 


Katherine Love 

Felici Loving 


Stuart Lovinggood 


Mandie Lozano 


Lindsey Lozes 


Myeisha Luckett 

Chelsea Lund 


Duncan Lutz 

Fate Lyas 


Sydney Lyon 


Bethany Macintosh 


Roger Magee 


Toniaya Magee 

Daniel Malone 


Elizabeth Maloy 


Dustin Manning 


Zach Mansell 


Harlan Mapp 


Johneche Marsalis 


Myers Marshall 


Ashlynn Martin 


Cory Martin 

Kearra Martin 

Keiwaun Martin 


Joyce Martinez 


Sharde Marts 
Graduate Student 

Floyd Maseda 


Jana Mason 


Haley Massey 


Roxanna Mathis 


Jerrick Matthew 


Lauren Matthews 


Va'nesha Matthews 

Antwuan May 

Ashley May 


Kari May 

Antosha Maye 


Kim McAfee 

Antonio McBeth 

Students 307 

Patricia McCarthy 


Alisha McCarty 


Brad McCay 


Stephen McCay 


Ty McCleery 

Barbara McClendon 


Brittany McClure 


Christy McCord 


Meghan McCrary 

Miranda McCray 


Marvin McCurdy 

Amanda McDaniel 

Lauren McDonald 


Stephanie McDonald 


Tyneisha McDonald 


Devin McDougald 


Jasmine McElroy 


Kaleb McElyea 


Denina McGee 

Karen McGee 


Mark McGee 

Lauren McGowan 

Marquitta McGruder 


Cassie Mcllwain 


Drew McKean 


Jamie McKenzie 


Olivia McLaurin 


Sandra McLaurin 
Graduate Student 

Lara McMarius 


Daphine McNair 


Jonathan McNeal 

Lindsey McNeely 


Craig McNeese 

Gerald McRath 


Shecia Mctwen 


Xandria McWaters 


Dallas Medlin 

Jake Meek 


Kimberly Meeks 

Erick Megee 


Emily Melancon 

Colin Menendez 


Laura Messer 

Danielle Metcalf 


Casey Miceli 


Alex Michael 

Ashley Mickell 


Gabrielle Miller 


308 People and Distinctions | Students 

Jessica Miller 


Justin Miller 

Maria Miller 


Valencia Miller 

Chris Mills 

Brenda Millsap 


Brittany Milsap 

Kathy Minor 

Shaundan Minor 

Betsy Mitchell 

Kasey Mitchell 


James Modlin 

Carlos Moffett 

Erick Moffett 

Andres Molinary 

Hannah Monk 


Claire Monnet 

Brion Monroe 

Cyntria Monroe 

Tyler Monroe 



Samantha Montague 


Alexandria Moody 

lyn Moor 



Ian Moore 


Jarmon Moore 

Laura Moore 

Mark Moore 


Sarah Mordica 

Erin Morgan 


Megan Morgan 

Brandon Morris 


Maley Morris 


Jana Morrison 


Ashley Moses 


Ryan Mottley 

Kaitlyn Mount 


Brendan Mummart 


Daniel Mummert 


Adrienne Murphy 


Patrick Murray 

Rebecca Murray 

Brittany Myers 


James Myers 


Tamara Myers 


Brittany Myles 

Robin Myrick 

Jennifer Nabzdyk 


Chase Nayler 


Students 309 

Garret Necaise 


Jasmine Neely 


Crista Nelson 


Pharen Nelson 

Amanda Nettles 


Amanda Newman 


Freddie Newman 


Maria Newman 


Troy Newsome 


Crystal Newson 

Khanh Nguyen 

Priscilla Nguyen 


Lakisha Nichols 

Brad Nicholson 


Shira Nicholson 

Rebekah Nicklas 


Carlos Nine 


Laura Nix 

Samantha Nix 

Shonnita Nix 

Kyle Nixon 

D'Jauna Noble 


Amanda Nolan 


Robert Norton 


Marcus Norwood 


Jennifer Nosalik 

Joseph Nosser 


Claudine Nsenda 


Apryl Null 

Melanie Nunn 

Tatsyana Nunnally 


William Nunnery 

Devynn Oatis 

Susan O'Basuyi 


Joanna Oberkirch 


Kristen O'Flarity 


Adewunmi Oke 

Elisa O'Keefe 


Cameron O'Neal 


Charity O'Neal 

Marcus O'Steen 

Janna Osterman 


Aerial Ozuzu 

Jacques Paillard 


Brianne Painia 


Jerrell Palmer 


Kara Palmer 

Linda Palmor 

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310 People and Distinctions | Students 

Jessica Parker 

Joshua Parker 


Lisa Parker 

Stephen Parker 

Lakeshia Parsley 


Nathan Parsons 

William Pate 


Dipali Patel 


Shail Patel 

Jarred Patterson 

Justin Patterson 


Tandra Patterson 

Tomecka Patterson 


Erika Pattman 


Antanika Payne 


Brettany Payne 

Hannah Pearce 


Chris Peck 

Suzanne Pecot 

Jonathan Pegues 


Whitney Pegues 


Glen Penton 


Cedrick Percy 


Molly Peresich 


Leah Persons 

Lillie Peterson 
Graduate Student 

Sean Peterson 


Tyler Peterson 

Erica Peyton 


Abbey Phillips 


Andrea Phillips 


James Phillips 


Roderick Pickens 

Schawanda Pierre 


Jermaine Pippin 

Albert Pittman 


Ed Pittman 


Omari Pittman 


Matthew Planchard 


Lyndsay Pleas 


Kathryn Plunkett 


Kristyn Plunkett 


Emily Poche 

Lauren Poche 


Ruth Poe 

Breonna Ponder 


Chelsie Pope 


Jerremy Pope 

Students 311 

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Jonathan Lamptey, a senior Political 
Science and Physical Therapy 
major, comes from humble but 
unusual beginnings. Lamptey was 
born in Ghana, West Africa, and 
has lived on more continents than some 
will ever travel to, during which time he's 
built a long and storied resume. This jack 
of all trades also speaks French and five 
different African dialects. 

Ghana, Lamptey's hometown, was "... 
one of the first African countries to gain 
its independence from the British," he 
says. "It's one of the most popular cites [in 
Africa]. ..a very long while ago, it used to 
be called the Gold Coast just before the 
slavery period." The name, he explains, 
was in large part because the country was 
very wealthy in gold and cocoa, among 
other valuable exports. 

After graduating from high school, Jonathan 
left home and pursued his education in 
London, England. "I became a cook and 
then I also trained in social work to be a 
support worker," he says. Lamptey already 
had family who had moved to America, but 
it was his oldest sister who finally convinced 
him to come. ".Where we lived it was a 
small town, Natchez... because, I mean, 
I had this impression [of Mississippi]. I've 
always been watching movies, Hollywood 
life you know, the clubs and all that and I 
thought it was like that in all of America." 
To Lamptey's surprise, it wasn't, but he has 
adjusted from the hustle and bustle of the 
big city to the quiet of what he calls "country 
life" in Natchez, Mississippi. 

After arriving, Jonathan Lamptey took on 
the arduous task of picking a university to 
attend. "I did a lot of research and Southern 
Miss had a lot of what I needed," he says, 
adding that transitioning to the American 
school system was surprisingly easy. 
"Coming here it's easier because you don't 
have to learn the whole book." Lamptey 
says that in the African school system they 
test your ability to retain all of the material 
learned in each course. 

Though moving to another country is a 
hard pill to swallow, Jonathan Lamptey 
has adjusted well. He proves that with 
hard work and dedication, anyone can 
succeed regardless of environment. With 
a veritable goldmine of cultural knowledge 
and experience gleaned from. a lifetime 
that spans three continents, Lamptey is a 
brilliant example of life lived in a growingly 
globalized world. 

Story by Divah Griffin 
Photo by Kimberly Adams 

312 People and Distinctions | Jonathan Lamptey 

Mason Pope 


Tatiunna Porte 


Benjamin Porter 


Byron Porter 

Ivy Porter 

Timothy Porter 

Gloria Posey 


Tameka Potter 

David Preiss 
Jovi Prevot 
Jevonus Prince 

Carrie Prior 


Amanda Pucheu 


Megan Puckett 


Jeff Pusch 

Graduate Student 

Steven Quaintance 


John Quails 


Chastity Quave 


Deborah Quave 

Erin Quave 


Katherine Quin 


Joshua Quinn 

Kristina Quintini 

Melissa Ramsay 


Miranda Ramsay 


Caroline Randolph 


Ashleigh Rankin 


Patrick Ransom 


Victoria Raskett 

Katrena Ratcliff 


Sarah Ray 


Xazadria Rayford 

Lauren Raymond 


Amber Reaves 


Roderick Red 


Adrian Reed 


Courtney Reed 

Kelvin Reed 


Kendra Reed 


Meggan Reed 


Justin Reeves 


Gianni Reid 


Joseph Reiling 


Karli Renz 


Robert Reso 


Andree Resureccion 


Ashton Reynolds 

Christie Reynolds 


Students 313 

Cristin Reynolds 


Brittany Richardson 


Christen Richardson 

Molly Richardson 

Chasity Richmond 

Lasarah Ricketts 


Dan Rico 


Ricky Riddell 


James Riley 


Rosie Riley 


Paul Rings 


Matthew Rippy 


Taylor Risk 

Kameron Roan 

Rebecca Robbins 


Logan Roberts 

Maria Roberts 


Nathan Roberts 


Alex Robertson 


Jamal Robinson 


Jonathan Robinson 

Karl Robinson 

Lakeisha Robinson 


Lenora Robinson 


Sarah Catherine Robinson 


Alyssa Robson 

Vincent Roger 


Joshua Rogers 


Naomi Ropers 

Robert Rogers 


Shelby Rogers 

Kelli Roper 


Neugolca Rosario 


Paul Ross 


Christopher Rounds 


Paul Rouse 


Benjamin Roussell 

Lacey Rowel I 


Melissa Ruffins 

Ashley Rushing 

Kaylin Rushing 

Shenique Russ 

Jamie Russell 

Kristen Russell 


Kyeonee Russell 


Katrina Rutledge 


Kayla Rutledge 

Hannah Ryan 


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314 People and Distinctions | Students 

Jameson Sacco 


Jasmine Sacus 


Erica Salimi 

Frantz Salomon 


Alexis Sanders 

Donnie Sanders 


Michael Sanders 


Paul Saputo 

. Satcher 

e Scaife 
Samantha Schott 

Heather Schrock 


Brittany Schuler 

Jasmine Scott 


Matthew Seal 


Stephanie Seal 


Christopher Seaphus 


Amber Seawright 

Amanda Self 


Brittany Shackelford 


Jessica Shackleford 


Scott Shackleford 

Brittany Shannon 

Kristian Shannon 


Bess Sheffield 


Greg Shelby 


Randy Shoemake 

James Shows 


Danielle Simning 


Courtney Simon 

Emmett Simpson 

Jason Simpson 


Shatara Sims 


Tawanda Singleton 

Bethany Sistrunk 

Ricky Sistrunk 

Katherine Sizemore 


Tiffany Skrmetti 


Sarah Slater 


Candace Slator 

Hollie Sleeseman 


Arista Smith 

Biaagi Smith 


Bionka Smith 

Brittany Smith 

Courtney Smith 


Derek Smith 

Students 315 

Iris Smith 

Karin Smith 


Kenneth Smith 

Kristen Smith 

Lakeisha Smith 


Laura Smith 


Lucy Smith 


Mary Kathryn Smith 


Sartira Smith 

Stacev Smith 

Stephanie Smith 


Terry Smith 


Tockcey Smith 

Travis Smith 

Vernon Smith 

Luke Smitherman 


Lauren Smithhart 


Ashley Sneed 


Jeremy Snowden 


Mariana Sonnier 

Benton Sorrell 


LaDonna Sparkman 


Chelsea Speed 

Jasper Spires 


John Spirtz 

Amy Spivey 


Quincy St.Pierre 


Kristy Stafford 


Paul Stafiej 


Carlos Stallworkth 


Aaron Stallworth 


LeRoy Stamps 

Mahogany Staples 

Chandler Stapleton 


Brianna Stark 


Ashley Stauter 

Emily Stechmann 


Gerald Steele 


Allison Stegall 

Marcus Steptoe 

Allison Stevens 

Gentry Stevens 

Jessica Stevens 


Chunquanda Steverson 

Amber Stewart 


Willie Stewart 

Eric Stewman 


Jonathan Stickland 






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316 People and Distinctions | Students 

Kimbrelia Stokes 


Tiffany Stokes 

Graduate Student 

Valeria Stovall 


Jalessa Stowers 


Adrienne Stroud 


Cody Stuart 

Britney Stutts 

Emily Sucherman 

Vixon Sullivan 

Natalie Summerlin 


Norma Sumrall 


Andie Szabo 


Anastasia Talley 

Anna-Colby Tanner 


Elisha Tarbell 

Wallace Tardy 


Alonte Tate 

Jernca Tate 

Alexander Taylor 

Brandon Taylor 


Catrida Taylor 


Codi Taylor 


Denver Taylor 


Jaslynn Taylor 


Jasmine Taylor 

Jennifer Taylor 


Jonah Taylor 


Mary Taylor 


Nicole Taylor 

Alexandria Thomas 

Carl Thomas 


Dorothy Thomas 


Gina Thomas 

Jennie Thomas 


Jermaine Thomas 


Jimmy Thomas 


Kimberly Thomas 

LaKeshia Thomas 


Marchandria Thomas 


Ronalda Thomas 

Shantelle Thomas 


Wentrell Thomas 


Zurick Thomas 

Camillia Thompson 

Christopher Thompson 


Janet Thompson 


Kevie Thompson 


Paris Thompson 

Students 317 

Rashard Thompson 


William Thompson 


Marshall Thornhill 


Michelle Thornton 


Ashley Thrash 


April Ticer 

Kenosha Tillman 

Megan Toles 


Mike Tonguis 


Geneva Torrence 


Jazmine Torrey 


Jordan Towne 

Chelsea Townsend 

Krystal Toy 


Joey Tramuta 


Cherz Tranchina 


Lakeisha Triplett 

Demetrice Tullos 


Lauren Tureaud 

Jeffrey Turnage 


Heather Turner 


Hilton Turner 

Alex Tumipseed 


Brandon Tynes 


Melody Tyson 

Rachel Underwood 


Lia Vallas 


Hannah Vanderboegh 


Jessie Vasser 


Mary Vaughn 


Bettina Venson 


Brandon Vice 

Jessica Villarreal 


Tyvionne Villayasso 


Sydnie Wagner 

Carey Waites 


Alexis Walker 


Durell Walker 


Kimberly Walker 


Roger Walker 

Shaterrica Walker 


Tanya Walker 


Jamaka Wall 


Keitra Wallace 

Kenitra Wallace 

Charles Walters 

Kellie Walters 


Lesley Walters 


3 1 8 People and Distinctions 


ike Cottingham is a busy guy. He 
puts down his phone, smiling, 
and prepares to talk — he's only 
got a few minutes between 
appointments. The graduate 
student — originally from Madison, but hailing 
from Arizona these days — is studying for 
his doctorate in Human Performance and 
Recreation at Southern Miss, and gives much 
of his time to ACCESS. 

"I wouldn't have it any other way," he says. 
"ACCESS means a lot to me, as well as to 
so many others." ACCESS, he explains, is 
a recreation program that services both the 
university and the surrounding communities. 
"We have inclusive programming," he notes, 
or people with and without disabilities." 

his year Cottingham is most excited about 

pair of sports, the first of which is called 

ower soccer. "It's a form of soccer played via 

wheelchair," Cottingham says. "We play four 

on four, ii! basketball courts. This year w^L 
have a couple of players compete in regional^ 
tournaments." Cottingham's even more 
excited about the other sport, thanks to his 
own personal background and experiences 
"I've coached tennis at the University of 
Arizona ^nd internationally," he says. This 
year it's been especially great coaching 
for ACCESS. Our major project has been 
trymg io secure funds to make it an official 
university club sport Oui goal is to travel and 
compete across the country against other 
universities." ^Li 

ACCESS is a relatively unique program. 
"Most schools don't have programs like this," 
Cottingham says. 

The program, as previously noted, serves 
the larger community around campus, not 
just the university itself. Cottingham recalls 
a special moment from this year: one that, 
for him, illustrates what ACCESS is all about. 


"We were hosting a practice against a team 
from Jackson," he says. "A young girl named 
Laura, who was probably about fifteen, was 
playing, and one of our group participants 
began to talk with Laura's mom. Her mom said 
thaM.aura had decided just now where she 
was going to college — right here, because of 
the opportunities that programs like ACCESS 

His lext appointment approaches. 
Cottingham stands, smile still on his face. "I 
think seeing people who have been involved 
in the program taking leadership roles with 
younger or less experienced athletes has 
been really the most rewarding part," he says. 
"It's nice to see that progression, that passing 
of the torch between friends." 

Story by Bradley Warshauer 
Photo by Erin Wojtala 

Michael Cottingham 319 

Arthur Walton 

Whitney Ward 

Makeshia Warden 

Elizabeth Ware 

Katherine Warren 

Katherine Warren 


Bradley Warshauer 

Elizabeth Warshauer 

A'Ryan Washington 

Dominique Washington 


Kiara Washington 


Kuri Washington 

Rodney Washington 

Sheena Washington 

Paul Waters 

Blake Watkins 

Megan Watlano 

Angel Watson 

Brittany Watson 

Cononiah Watson 

Donald Watts 


Virginia Weathers 

Satara Weathersby 

Whitney Weathersby 


Chauncey Webster 

Jessica Webster 

Lee Helen Weeks 


Marcus Weems 

Elisabeth Welch 


Brett Weller 

Kentoine Wells 

Phylicia Wells 

Laura Welter 


Joseph Wesley 

Esstene West 


Brent Wetzel 


Tommy Whaler 

Alan Wheat 


Terria Wheeler 

Zhanee Wheeler 


Aaron White 

Andrew White 

Candice White 


Geoffrey White 


Jade White 


Patrice White 


Stacey White 


Tony White 



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Brian Whitman 

Matt Wicklund 


Douglas Wierson 


Zach Wilcox 


Margaret Wild 


Margaret Wilhelm 


Michael William 

Aprille Williams 


Ashley Williams 


Chelsea Williams 


Dante Williams 


Jerry Williams 

Pamela Williams 

Robert Williams 


Shermane Williams 


Tyshika Williams 


Alexandria Wilson 


Byron Wilson 


Jennifer Wilson 

Joshua Wilson 

Kathryn Wilson 


Marquita Wilson 

Bethany Winbome 

Brittany Winn 

Kristen Wirth 


Aaron Wise 


Bradford Wittner 


Erin Woitala 


Jasmine Wolfe 


Justina Wolfe 

Alan Womack 

Derik Wood 


Crystal Woodard 


Y'Sheika Woodard 


Shamekia Woods 


Edward Worthy 


Ello Wren 

Garrett Wright 


Ralfiel Wright 


Jonnecia Wyatt 

Hodaka Yamada 


Tonya Yancey 


Samantha Yancye 

Deagha Young 

Eric Young 

Shelcy Young 


Samuel Zeanah 


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1 . These students wait for friends on the lawn outside of Danforth Chapel. 
Behind them, other students congregate in the warmth during Golden Eagle 
Welcome Week. 

Photo by Christy Dyess 

2. Southern Miss' award-winning symphony orchestra plays in Bennett 
Auditorium. Orchestra performances are wonderful excuses for students to 
get dressed up and enjoy the stylings of their peers throughout the year. 
Photo by Kimberly Adams 

3. During the Homecoming step show, these Greeks show off their moves 
and rhythm outside of RC Cook Union. All participants must go through 
rigorous training to prepare for each step show, especially those who are 
learning to step for the first time. 

Photo by Christopher Bostick 

4. This couple sits on the steps in front of Wilbur Hall, joking and laughing. 
Visitation hours start at noon and end at 1 am in residence halls. 

Photo by Kristi Bruister 

5. This student reads in the cool fall weather before her class starts. For 
some, the break in Mississippi heat that occurs around October is a welcome 
excuse to spend some quiet time outdoors 

Photo by Kristi Bruister 

6. David Stellhorn measures a piece of wood for a set design. As a 
professor in the Theatre Department, Stellhorn doesn't just lecture in the 
classroom, he helps students by getting into the workshop and building sets 
Photo by Erin Wojtala 

7. This spring, members of Relay for Life, shouted, joked, and held signs to 
attract donations to fight cancer. Each coin or dollar dropped into their jar 
garnered yells of success. 

Photo by Abbey Abel 

8. Danforth Chapel stands in the center of campus, across from the Hub. 
behind Bennett Auditorium, next to Mississippi Hall. While it's open for 
students to visit any day. weddings and even a special service for our Fallen 
Eagles are held there, too 

Photo by Elizabeth Warshauer 

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Audrey Charoglu 

Graduate Assistant 

Emily Guyton 

Executive Editor 

Elizabeth Maloy 

Managing Editor 

Samantha Nix 

Photography Editor 

Christy Dyess 

Copy Editor 

Elliott Freeman 

Assistant Photography Editor 

Christopher Bostick 

All staff photos by Christy Dyess, 

David Jackson, Elizabeth Maloy 

and Erin Wojtala 

...but mostly Christy Dyess 

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Section Editors 

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Stuart Lovinggood 

Christopher Mills 

Brettany Payne 

Daniel Taylor 
Brandon Dobson 


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Kimberly Adams 

Leah Bryan 

JaVocko Harris 

Eric Huckabee 

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Erin Wojtala 

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Divah Griffin 

Marie John 

Christopher Mills 

Brettany Payne 

Bradley Warshauer 

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Johnson, Daniel 303 
Johnson, Daniel 303 
Johnson, Jamani 303 
Johnson, Lindsey 303 
Johnson, Lori 303 
Johnson, Mi'Shayla 303 
Johnson, Nicole 303 
Johnson, Saquanda 303 
Johnson, Terri 303 
Johnson, Treavor 304 
Johnston, Amanda 304 
Johnston, Eron 304 
Johson, Nathan 304 
Jones, Britttany 304 
Jones, Brittany 304 
Jones, Brooke 304 
Jones, Chandra 304 
Jones, Chris 304 
Jones, Connie 304 
Jones, Doug 304 
Jones, Elijah 304 
Jones, Jessie 304 

Jones, Kynata 304 
Jones, La'Desha 304 
Jones, Melisa 304 
Jones, Mitchell 304 
Jones, Zachary 304 
Jordan, Jeremy 304 
Jordan, Jessica 304 
Jordan, Rachel 304 
Joseph, Ben 180 
Joseph, Kawanha 304 
Joshua, Montressa 304 
Joyce, Brian 159 
Junearick, Andreakia 258 
Jung, Alyssa 304 


Kaul, Dr. Arthur 350 
Keeler, Mychael 304 
Keely, Brittany 220 
Keenum, Ian 304 
Keith, Camille 304 
Keplinger, Danielle 145 
Keller, Maxie 304 
Kelly, Chrstopher 304 
Kelly, Kayla 304 
Kennard, Jessica 304 
Keyes, Jamaal 304 
Keys, Jasmine 304 
Keys, Kensley 304 
Khade, Rahul 304 
Khaules, Bene 304 
Kibideaux, Nicholas 304 
Kidd, John 304 
Kiehn, Sarah 44 
Killens, Kody 222 
Killingsworth, Mercedes 304 
King, Darren 43 
King, Mario 304 
Kinn, Cordell 304 
Kirksey Johnathan 304 
Kitchin, Joseph 304 
Knight, Beunka 304 
Knight, Greggory 304 
Knight, Zachary 304 
Knaus, Kierstan 167 
Knotts, Samantha 265 
Knox, Alesha 21, 218, 
Knox, Ashley 304 
Knox, Stephanie 304 
Konick, Esli 305 
Kovacevich, Jefferey 305 
Kozlowski, Christine 47 
Kredible, Justin 17 
Krouse, Shannon 305 


Labit, Monica 305 
Ladner, Melissa 305 
Ladner, Ryan 305 
Ladnier, Samuel 305 
Lafrance, Aaron 305 
LaGaize, Earl 305 
LaGarde, Chase 239 
Laird, Robert 305 
Lamb, Jennifer 305 
Lambert, Cody 305 
Lambert, Erin 232 
Lampkin, Keith 176,283 
Lamptey, Jonathan 305 

Lane, Ashley 306 

Lang, Melissa 60, 188, 278, 

283, 305 
Langham, Lauren 305 
Lankford, Bryan 305 
Lanier, Geraline 86 
Lat, Wan-Chunn 305 
Latca, Stephanie 305 
Laudisi, Thomas 34 
Laughlin, Patrick 42, 58 
Laury, Krystal 305 
Lawless, Stephanie 305 
LeBlanc, Lauren 305 
LeBlanc, Paige 156 
Lee, Andrew 305 
Lee, Cierra 305 
Lee, Jonathan 305 
Lee, Kiet 173, 197 
Lee, Marcus 305 
Lee-McNelis, Joye 125 
Lee, Trey 160 
Leek, John 305 
LeFlore, Tarra 305 
Leigh, Rebecca 305 
Lenan, Aurelie 305 
Lenore, Blair 226 
Lessard, Courtney 305 
Lewis, Teresa 305 
Lima, Helison 305 
Lindsey, Heather 305 
Lindstrom, Marina 305 
Lincoln, Heather 147 
Lingenfelder, Katherine 305 
Litchliter, William 305 
Little, Virginia 305 
Lloyd, Natashia 305 
Locker, Beverly 307 
Lockhard, Leighanne 307 
Lockhart, Kelsey 307 
Logan, Roy 248 
Long, Ashley 307 
Longmire, Cache 307 
Lopez, John 307 
Lott, Glenn 268 
Lott, Shanay 307 
Lott, Tilba 307 
Louis, Gregory 307 
Love, Katherine 307 
Loving, Felici 307 
Lovinggood, Stuart 26, 307, 329 
Lowe, Eric 34 
Lozano, Mandie 307 
Lozes, Lindsey 307 
Luckett, Myeisha 307 
Lund, Chelsea 307 
Lutz, Duncan 307 
Luyties, Ricci 134 
Lyas, Fate 307 
Lyons, Leslie 67, 69, 70 
Lyon, Sydney 307 


Machuca, Oscar 136 
Macintosh, Bethany 307 
Maddox, Matt 175 
Magee, Roger 42, 294, 307 
Magee, Toniaya 307 
Malone, Daniel 307 
Maloy, Elizabeth 55, 307, 328, 

329, 330 
Manino, Josh 195 
Manning, Dustin 307 
Mansell, Zach 6, 18, 19, 307 
Mapp, Harlan 307 
Marek, Nickolas 266 

Marsalis, Johneche 307 
Marshall, Myers 180, 307 
Martin, Ashlynn 307 
Martin, Cory 307 
Martin, Kearra 207 
Martin, Keiwaun 307 
Martinez, Joyce 307 
Marts, Sharde 307 
Maseda, Floyd 307 
Mason, Jana 307 
Massey, Haley 307 
Masterson, Dr. Douglas 104 
Masters, Rebecca 133, 288 
Mathis, Roxanna 307 
Matthew, Jerrick 307 
Matthews, Jade 283 
Matthews, Kevin 172 
Matthews, Lauren 307 
Matthews, Tershara 287 
Matthews, Va'nesha 307 
Maurer, Emily 173, 191 
May, Antwaun 307 
May, Ashley 307 
May, Kari 307 
Maye.Antosha 307 
McAfee, Kim 307 
McBeth, Antonio 307 
McCarthy, Patricia 308 
McCarty, Alisha 308 
McCay, Brad 308 
McCay, Stephen 308 
McCleery, Ty 229, 308 
McClendon, Barbara 308 
McClure, Brittany 308 
McCord, Christy 308 
McCrary, Jordan 287 
McCrary, Meghan 308 
McCrary, Miranda 173 
McCray, Miranda 308 
McCurdy, Marvin 308 
McDaniel, Amanda 308 
McDaniel, Preston 18, 19 
McDonald, Celeste 48 
McDonald, Lauren 308 
McDonald, Melanie 79 
McDonald, Stephanie 308 
McDonald, Tyneisha 308 
McDougald, Devin 308 
McElroy, Jasmine 308 
McElyea, Kaleb 308 
McFadden, Sarah 133 
McGee, Denina 308 
McGee, Erick 183 
McGee, Karen 308 
McGee, Mark 308 
McGee, Michael 119 
McGowan, Lauren 308 
McGruder, Marquitta 308 
Mcllwain, Cassie 308 
Mclnnis, Todd 128, 129 
McKean, Drew 308 
McKean, Lizz 167, 173 
McKellar, West 19 
McKenzie, Jamie 308 
McLain, Kayla 261 
McLaurin, Olivia 308 
McLaurin, Sandra 308 
McMarius, Lara 308 
McMullen, Abby 230 
McNair, Daphine 308 
McNeal, Jonathan 308 
McNeely, Lindsey 308 
McNeese, Craig 308 
McRath, Gerald 115,277,308 
McSparrin, Kellis 84, 167 
Mctwen, Shecia 308 
McWaters, Xandria 308 
McWilliams, LaRea "Pepper'' 

Meade, Jim 80 

Meany, Paul 42 
Medlin, Dallas 308 
Meek, Jake 308 
Meeks, Kimberly 308 
Meeks, Whit 48 
Megee, Erick 308 
Melancon, Emily 308 
Menendez, Colin 308 
Meriwether, Drew 223 
Messer, Laura 57,60,61,209, 

Metcalf, Danielle 308 
Methe, Katie 16 
Miceli, Casey 308 
Michael, Alex 308 
Mickell, Ashley 308 
Miethe V, Bernardo 225 
Miller, Gabrielle 308 
Miller, Jessica 309 
Miller, Justin 309 
Miller, Maria 309 
Miller, Valencia 309 
Millsap, Brenda 309 
Mills, Chris 284, 309, 329, 330 
Mills, Matt 32 
Milsap, Brittany 309 
Miltimore, Sarah 23 
Minor, Kathy 14, 309 
Minor, Shaundari 309 
Mitcham, Robert 350 
Mitchell, Betsy 309 
Mitchell, Kasey 309 
Modlin, James 309 
Moffett, Carlos 309 
Moffett, Erick 309 
Molinary, Andres 309 
Monk, Hannah 309 
Monks, Mary 181 
Monnet, Claire 309 
Monroe, Brion 309 
Monroe, Cyntria 309 
Monroe, Tyler 309 
Monsour, Kristin 35 
Montague, Samantha 309 
Moody, Alexandria 309 
Moore, Ian 309 
Moore, Jarmon 309 
Moore, Laura 309 
Moore, Mark 309 
Moor, Jacquelyn 170, 309 
Mordica, Sarah 309 
Morgan, Erin 309 
Morgan, Megan 309 
Morris, Brandon 309 
Morris, Maley 309 
Morrison, Jana 309 
Moses, Ashley 238, 309 
Motley, Ryan 238, 309 
Mount, Kaitlyn 309 
Mueller, Kaitlin 285 
Mummart, Brendan 309 
Mummert, Daniel 309 
Munoz, Moses 127, 128 
Murphy, Adrienne 309 
Murray, Patrick 309 
Murray, Rebecca 159,309 
Myers, Andrew 309 
Myers, Brittany 309 
Myers, James 309 
Myers, Tamara 309 
Myles, Brittany 309 
Myrick, Robin 309 

Nail, Dr. Lance 91 
Nance, Andy 88, 89 
Napier, George 284 
Nayler, Chase 309 
Neal, Stuart 37 
Necaise. Garret 310 
Neely, Jasmine 310 
Nelson, Crista 310 
Nelson, Pharen 310 
Nelson, Shawn 118 
Nester, Jessica 44 
Nettles. Amanda 310 
Newell. Jayson 174,272.273 
Newman, Amanda 310 
Newman, Freddie 310 
Newman, Maria 310 
Newsome. Troy 310 
Newson, Crystal 310 
Newton, Elizabeth 86 
Nguyen, Khanh 310 
Nguyen, Priscilla 310 
Nichols, Lakisha 310 
Nicholson, Brad 310 
Nicholson, Shira 310 
Nicklas. Rebekah 310 
Nicosia, Courtney 157 
Nine, Carlos 310 
Nix, Laura 310 
Nixon, Kyle 310 
Nix, Samantha 55, 279, 284, 

310, 328. 329 
Nix, Shonnita 310 
Nixon, Kyle 310 
Noble, D'Jauna 310 
Nolan, Amanda 310 
Norton, Robby 167 
Norton, Robert 310 
Norwood, Marcus 310 
Nosalik, Jennifer 310 
Nosser, Joseph 310 
Nsenda, Claudine 310 
Null, Apryl 310 
Nunnally, Tatsyana 310 
Nunnery, William 310 
Nunn, Melanie 310 
Nunnally Tatsyana 310 
Nunnery, William 310 
Nuwer, Deanne Dr. 65 


Oatis, Devynn 310 
O'Basuyi, Susan 310 
Oberkirch. Joanna 310 
Oberkirch, Kellie 147 
O'Flarity, Knsten 310 
Oke. Adewunmi 86. 310 
O'Keefe. Elisa 310 
Oldham. Ralfe 225 
O'Neal. Cameron 310 
O'Neal. Charity 310 
Ontiveros. Bianca 133 
O'Steen. Marcus 310 
Osterman. Janna 310 
Overstreet. Markeesha 236 
Ozuzu. Aerial 310 



Nabzdyk, Jennifer 309 

Paillard. Jacques 310 
Painia. Brianne 310 
Pair. Dylan 158. 204 
Palmer. Chris 18 

Palmer, Corky 127, 128 
Palmer, Jerrell 310 
Palmer, Kara 289, 310 
Palmor, Linda 310 
Parish, Faith 172 
Parker, Blake 262, 263 
Parker, Jessica 28, 311 
Parker, Joshua 311 
Parker, Lisa 311 
Parker, Stephen 311 
Parsley, Lakeshia 311 
Parson, Ryan 66 
Parsons, Nathan 311 
Patel, Dipali 311 
Patel, Shail 311 
Pate, William 311 
Patterson, Jarred 311 
Patterson, Justin 311 
Patterson, Tandra 311 
Patterson, Tomecka 311 
Pattman, Erika 220, 311 
Paul, Dr. Joe 31, 47 
Payne, Antanika 311 
Payne, Brettany 44, 311, 330, 

Pearce, Hannah 311 
Peck, Chris 311 
Pecot, Suzanne 311 
Pegues, Jonathon "J.P." 21,311 
Pegues, Whitney 27, 311 
Pelhan, Jill 32 
Penton, Glen 311 
Penton, Manny 99 
Percy, Cedrick 187, 311 
Peresich, Molly 311 
Persons, Leah 311 
Peterson, Lillie 311 
Peterson, Sean 311 
Peterson, Tyler 311 
Peters, Sean 226 
Petrinec, Ashley 134 
Peturis, Kileigh 229 
Peyton, Erica 311 
Phillips, Abbey 311 
Phillips, Andrea 311 
Phillips, Eric 116 
Phillips, James 311 
Pickens, Roderick 311 
Pierre, Schawanda 311 
Pikul, Margret "Maggie" 284 
Pilgrim, Kristin 131 
Pippin, Jermaine 311 
Pittman, Albert 311 
Pittman, Ed 311 
Pittman, Lauren 125 
Pittman, Omari 182, 183, 275, 

284, 311 
Pitts, Haylee 36 
Planchard, Matthew 311 
Pleas, Lyndsay 311 
Plucienski, Derek 140 
Plunkett, Kathryn 311 
Plunkett, Kristyn 311 
Poche, Emily 311 
Poche, Lauren 311 
Poelma, Justin 276, 279, 284 
Poe, Ruth 311 
Ponder, Breonna 311 
Pope, Chelsie 311 
Pope, Jerremy 311 
Pope, Mason 313 
Popovich, Ethan 179 
Popovich, Zachary 151 
Porte, Tatiunna 313 
Porter, Benjamin 79, 313 
Porter, Brandon 78 
Porter, Byron 313 
Porter, Ivy 313 
Porter, Timothy 313 
Portillo, Zuna 145 

Posey, Gloria 313 
Post, Luke 26 
Potter, Tameka 313 
Preiss, Daniel 233 
Preiss, David 313 
Prevot, Jovi 313 
Prince, Jevorius 313 
Prior, Carrie 42, 313 
Pucheu, Amanda 313 
Pucheu, Jacob 28 
Puckett, Megan 313 
Pusch, Jeff 313 


Quaintance, Steven 313 
Quails, John 313 
Quave, Chastity 313 
Quave, Deborah 29, 48, 160, 

Quave, Erin 313 
Quin, Katherine 313 
Quinn, Joshua 313 
Quintini, Kristina 313 
Quiroz, Holli 146, 175,251 


Rachal, Hannah 280, 284 
Raley, Travis 174, 206 
Ramsay, Melissa 313 
Ramsay, Miranda 284, 313 
Randall, Taylor 108 
Randolph, Caroline 313 
Rankin, Ashleigh 313 
Ransom, Patrick 313 
Raskett, Victoria 313 
Ratcliff, Katrena 313 
Rayford, Xazadria 313 
Raymond, Lauren 313 
Ray, Robin 57 
Ray, Sarah 313 
Ready, Stacey 108, 109 
Reaves, Amber 313 
Red, Roderick 313 
Reed, Adrian 313 
Reed, Courtney 313 
Reed, Kelvin 313 
Reed, Kendra 125, 280, 284, 

Reed, Meggan 313 
Reeves, Justin 313 
Reid, Gianni 313 
Reischman, Stacy 84 
Reiling, Joseph 313 
Renz, Karli 313 
Reso, Robert 313 
Resureccion, Andree 313 
Reynolds, Ashton 314 
Reynolds, Christie 313 
Reynolds, Cristin 314 
Richardson, Beth 55 
Richardson, Brittany 314 
Richardson, Christen 314 
Richardson, Molly 314 
Richmond, Chasity 314 
Richmond, Michelle 287 
Ricketts, Lasarah 314 
Rico, Dan 314 
Riddell, Ricky 314 
Riley, James 314 
Riley, Rosie 314 
Rings, Paul 314 

Rippy, Matthew 314 
Risk, Taylor 314 
Riva, Lucas Dela 158 
Rizzuto, Rachel 84, 280 
Roan, Kameron 314 
Robbins, Rebecca 314 
Roberts, Logan 314 
Roberts, Maria 314 
Roberts, Nathan 314 
Roberts, Stan 301 
Robertson, Alex 314 
Robinson, Brooke Ann 285 
Robinson, Jamal 314 
Robinson, Jonathan 314 
Robinson, J. R. 17,272,273 
Robinson, Karl 314 
Robinson, Lakeisha 314 
Robinson, Lenora 314 
Robinson, Sarah Catherine 314 
Robinson, Travon 161 
Robson, Alyssa 314 
Rocker, Janna 66 
Rodrigue, Maci 179 
Rogers, Joshua 314 
Rogers, Naomi 314 
Rogers, Robert 314 
Rogers, Shannon 138, 139 
Rogers, Shelby 314 
Roger, Vincent 314 
Roland, Justin 19 
Roper, Kelli 314 
Rosario, Neugolca 314 
Rosebur, Jennifer 183 
Rosella, Brittany 55 
Rosetti, Aaron 287 
Ross, Paul 314 
Ross, Susan 350 
Rounds, Christopher 314 
Rouse, Paul 314 
Roussell, Benjamin 314 
Rowel I, Lacey 314 
Rowley, Randy 139 
Rucker, Candace 124 
Ruffins, Melissa 314 
Rushing, Ashley 314 
Rushing, Kaylin 314 
Russell, Jamie 314 
Russell, Kristen 314 
Russell, Kyeonee 314 
Russ, Shenique 289, 314 
Rutledge, Katrina 314 
Rutledge, Kayla 314, 328 
Ryan, Hannah 315 


Sacco, Jameson 315 
Sacus, Jasmine 315 
Saputto, Paul 281,285 
Salimi, Erica 315 
Salomon, Frantz 315 
Sanders, Alexis 315 
Sanders, Donnie 315 
Sanders, Michael 315 
Sansing, Jennifer 330, 331 
Saputo, Paul 61,281,257 
Satcher, Cindy 315 
Satcher, Tenisha 315 
Saulsberry, Whitney 99 
Saunders, Dr. Martha 74 
Scaife, Kristie 315 
Schaubhut, Joy 33 
Schindler, Mary 84, 174 
Schlagel, Cody 128, 129 
Schott, Samantha 315 
Schrock, Heather 315 

Schuler, Brittany 315 
Schultz, Chad 179 
Schuman, Mohamed 224 
Schwalb, Steven 15 
Scoggin, Darren 285 
Scott, Jasmine 315 
Scurfield, Raymond Dr. 65 
Seal, Matthew 315 
Seal, Stephanie 315 
Seaphus, Christopher 315 
Seawright, Amber 315 
Seidenburg, Erin 26, 167, 266, 

Self, Amanda 315 
Shackelford, Brittany 315 
Shackelford, Jessica 104,281, 

Shackleford, Scott 315 
Shannon, Brittany 315 
Shannon, Kristian 315 
Sheffield, Bess 315 
Shelby, Greg 315 
Shirley, Kate 55 
Shoemake, Randy 315 
Shows, James 315 
Siltanen, Dr Susan 253 
Simmons, Sean 83 
Simning, Danielle 315 
Simon, Courtney 84, 315 
Simpson, Emmett 315 
Simpson, Jason 315 
Sims, Gail 285 
Sims, Justin 264 
Sims, Shatara 315 
Singleton, Tawanda 315 
Sistrunk, Bethany 315 
Sistrunk, Ricky 315 
Sizemore, Katherine 315 
Skaggs, Trey 154, 155, 159 
Skrmetti, Tiffany 257, 285, 315 
Slater, Sarah 315 


Candace 315 

Sleeseman, Hollie 315 
Smith, Alexis 168 
Smith, Arista 315 
Smith, Biaagi 315 
Smith, Bionka 315 
Smith, Brittany 315 
Smith, Courtney 315 
Smith, Derek 315 
Smith, Elizabeth 253 
Smith, Iris 316 
Smith, Karin 316 
Smith, Kenneth 316 
Smith, Kristen 316 
Smith, Kyle 142, 143 
Smith, Lakeisha 316 
Smith, Laura 316 
Smith, Lucy 316 
Smith, Mary Kathryn 316 
Smith, Monica 80 
Smith, Sartira 316 
Smith, Stacey 316 
Smith, Stephanie 316 
Smith, Terry 316 
Smith, Tockcey 316 
Smith, Travis 316 
Smith, Vernon 316 
Smitherman, Luke 273,316 
Smithhart, Lauren 316, 316 
Sneed, Ashley 316 
Snowden, Jeremy 316 
Sonnier, Mariana 316 
Sorrell, Benton 316 
Sparkman, LaDonna 316 
Speed, Chelsea 316 
Spinello, Jamie 80 
Spires, Jasper 316 
Spirtz, John 316 
Spivey, Amy 316 

St. Pierre, Quincy 316 
Stafford, Kristy 316 
Stafiej, Paul 316 
Stallworkth, Carlos 316 
Stallworth, Aaron 316 
Stamps, LeRoy 316 
Staples, Mahogany 316 
Stapleton, Chandler 88, 316 
Stark, Brianna 316 
Stauter, Ashley 316 
Stechmann, Emily 172,174, 

Steele, Gerald 316 
Stegall, Allison 316 
Stellhorn, David 86, 323 
Steptoe, Marcus 316 
Stephens, Andre 123 
Stevens, Allison 316 
Stevens, Corey 128 
Stevens, Gentry 316 
Stevens, Jessica 316 
Steverson, Chunquanda 265, 

Stewart, Amber 316 
Stewart, Nola 226 
Stewart, Willie 316 
Stewman, Eric 316 
Stickland, Jonathan 316 
Stilts, Stephanie 89, 223 
Stober, Scott 23 
Stokes, Kimbrelia 317 
Stokes, Tiffany 317 
Stovall, Valeria 317 
Stowers, Jalessa 317 
Stroud, Adrienne 317 
Stuart, Cody 266,317 
Stutts, Britney 317 
Sucherman, Emily 317 
Sullivan, Vixon 160, 317 
Summerlin, Natalie 317 
Sumrall, Norma 317 
Sylva, Felipe 137 
Szabo, Andie 42 


Takacs, Jared 167 
Talley, Anastasia 317 
Tanner, Anna-Colby 317 
Tarbell, Elisha 317 
Tardy, Wallace 317 
Tate, Alonte 317 
Tate, Jerrica 317 
Taylor, Alexander 317 
Taylor, Brandon 317 
Taylor, Catrida 317 
Taylor, Codi 317 
Taylor, Daniel 329 
Taylor, Denver 317 
Taylor, Jaslynn 317 
Taylor, Jasmine 317 
Taylor, Jennifer 317 
Taylor, Jonah 317 
Taylor, Mary 317 
Taylor, Michelle 87 
Taylor, Nicole 84, 317 
Taylor Walker 126 
Thomas, Alexandria 317 
Thomas, Carl 196, 317 
Thomas, Dorothy 317 
Thomas, Gina 317 
Thomas, Jennie 232,250,317 
Thomas, Jermaine 317 
Thomas, Jimmy 317 
Thomas, Kimberly 317 
Thomas, LaKeshia 317 

Thomas, Marchandria 317 
Thomas, Ronalda 317 
Thomas, Shantelle 317 
Thomas, Wentrell 317 
Thomas, Zurick 317 
Thompson, Camillia 317 
Thompson, Christopher 317 
Thompson, Janet 218,317 
Thompson, Kevie 66, 317 
Thompson, Paris 16, 317 
Thompson, Rashard 318 
Thompson, William 66, 285, 31£ 
Thornhill, Marshall 318 
Thornton, Kris 16, 318 
Thornton, Michelle 318 
Thrash, Ashley 318 
Thurman, Roderick 201 
Ticer, April 318 
Tillman, Kenosha 318 
Toles, Megan 318 
Tonguis, Mike 318 
Tori Ballenger 79 
Torrence, Geneva 21, 181, 318 
Torres, Jennifer 83 
Torrey, Jazmine 318 
Towne, Jordan 318 
Townsend, Chelsea 318 
Toy, Krystal 318 
Tramuta, Joey 246, 318 
Tranchina, Cherz 318 
Treat, Nic 42 
Triplett, Lakeisha 318 
Truitt, Anna 150 
Tullos, Demetrice 318 
Tureaud, Lauren 318 
Turnage, Jeffrey 318 
Turnage, William 52 
Turner, Heather 318 
Turner, Hilton 318 
Turnipseed, Alex 318 
Tynes, Brandon 318 
Tyson, Melody 318 


Underwood, Rachel 318 
Underwood, Larry 350 
Underwood, Rachel 311 
Ursin, Nick 179 


Vallas, Lia 318 
Vanderboegh, Hannah 31! 
Vasser, Jessie 318 
Vaughn, Mary 318 
Vaughn, Ryan 35 
Velichkovski, Darko 262 
Venson, Bettina 318 
Viator, Teddy 136 
Vice, Brandon 318 
Villarreal, Ashley 289 
Villarreal, Jessica 318 
Villayasso, Tyvionne 318 
Vinson, Victor 37 


Wagner, Sydnie 318 

Waites, Carey 318 
Walck, Kristin 240 
Walker, Alexis 318 
Walker, Durell 318 
Walker, Kimberly 318 
Walker, Madison 66 
Walker, Roger 318 
Walker, Shaterrica 318 
Walker, Taylor 126 
Walker, Tanya 318 
Wallace, Keitra 318 
Wallace, Kenitra 318 
Wall, Jamaka 318 
Walls, Valencia 176, 183 
Walters, Charles 320 
Walters, Hilliary 28 
Walters, Kellie 318 
Walters, Lesley 318 
Walton, Arthur 320 
Ward, Jenell 28 
Ward, Whitney 320 
Warden, Makeshia 320 
Ware, Elizabeth 320 
Warren, Cher 183 
Warren, Katherine 320 
Warren, Michael 21 
Warshauer, Bradley 55, 320, 

330, 331 
Warshauer, Elizabeth 320, 331 
Washington, ARyan 320 
Washington, Dominique 320 
Washington, Kiara 320 
Washington, Kuri 320 
Washington, Rodney 320 
Washington, Sheena 320 
Waters, Paul 239, 320 
Watkins, Blake 320 
Watlano, Megan 320 
Watson, Angel 320 
Watson, Brittany 320 
Watson, Cononiah 320 
Watson, Dr. Sheree 96, 97 
Watts, Donald 320 
Weathersby, Satara 320 
Weathersby, Whitney 320 
Weathers, Virginia 320 
Weathers, Wade 128 
Webster, Chauncey 320 
Webster, Jessica 320 
Weeks, Lee Helen 320 
Weems, Marcus 320 
Weir, Jennifer 94, 95 
Welch, Elisabeth 320 
Welch, Russell 39 
Weller, Brett 320 
Wells, Kentoine 320 
Wells, Phylicia 320 
Welter, Laura 320 
Wesley, Joseph 320 
Wessinghage, Markus 136 
West, Esstene 320 
Wetzel, Brent 320 
Whaler, Tommy 320 
Wheat, Alan 39, 320, 329, 330 
Wheeler, Terria 144, 320 
Wheeler, Zhanee 320 
White, Aaron 320 
White, Andrew 320 
White, Angela Renee 78 
White, Arian 176. 189 
White, Candice 102,268.320 
White, Geoffrey 320 
White. Heather 102 
White, Jade 285. 320 
Whiteman, Nicole 175 
White. Patrice 320 
White. Stacey 320 

White, Tony 320 
Whitman, Brian 321 
Wicker, Roger 249 
Wicklund, Matt 321 
Wierson, Douglas 321 
Wiest, Dr. Andrew 60 
Wilcox, James 90, 255 
Wilcox, Zach 321 
Wild. Margaret 86. 321 
Wilhelm. Margaret 321 
Wilks, Rebecca 273 
William, Michael 321 
Williams. Alison 67, 68, 70, 159 
Williams. Aprille 321 
Williams, Ashley 321 
Williams, Chelsea 228. 321 
Williams. Dante 321 
Williams, Jerry 321 
Williams, Pamela 321 
Williams. Robert 321 
Williams, Shermane 321 
Williams, Suesanna 142, 239 
Williams, Tyshika 321 
Williamson. Ryan 142, 159 
Wilson, Alexandria 321 
Wilson, Byron 321 
Wilson. Jennifer 321 
Wilson. Joshua 321 
Wilson, Kathryn 321 
Wilson. Marquita 321 
Winborne. Bethany 321 
Winn, Brittany 321 
Wirth. Kristen 321 
Wise, Aaron 239, 321 
Wise, Aaron "AJ" 91, 289 
Wise, Jeremy 122 
Wittner. Bradford 321 
Wojtala. Erin 321. 330. 331 
Wolf, Dr. David 91.230 
Wolfe. Jasmine 321 
Wolfe. Justina 321 
Womack.Alan 321 
Woodard. Crystal 321 
Woodard, Y'Sheika 321 
Wood, Derik 321 
Woods, Shamekia 321 
Worth. Bob 230 
Worthy, Edward 321 
Wren, Ello 321 
Wright. Garrett 321 
Wright. Ralfiel 321 
Wu, Calvin 330. 331 
Wyatt. Jonnecia 321 


Yamada. Hodaka 321 
Yancey. Tonya 321 
Yancye. Samantha 321 
Yaoyuneyong. Dr. Gallayanee 

Young. Deagha 321 
Young. Eric 321 
Young. Shelcy 321 


Zeanah. Samuel 55. 56. 57. 
235. 285. 321 

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The annual was printed by Friesens Printers in Altona, Manitoba in Canada. Stephen 
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It has been eight months of hard work, conquered crises, spread 
edits, and endless folders of photographs, but our journey of long 
days and even longer nights to make this book possible is finally 
over. To all of my crazy, hilarious staff, thank you from the bottom 
of my heart for giving this book your time and energy. The photos 
and stories throughout these pages truly capture the little things that 
make Southern Miss our home. 

Christy, my everydays were better because you were in them. 
Corey, thank you for being you. And Emily, I am erecting a statue 
in your honor. From the beginning of the year when your shoulder 
was always there for me to cry on, to the end . . .when your shoulder 
was always there for me to cry on, your wisdom and leadership have 
helped make this book possible. Thank you. 

These pages are riddled with unfinished poetry projects, empty 
sketchbooks, late mathematical equations, and breakfasts, lunches, 
and dinners eaten in front of office computers. The 2008-2009 
Southerner staff and I have put our heart into this book, and I hope 
after flipping through the pages, you love this book as much as 
we do. I also hope your everydays at Southern Miss have been as 
wonderful as mine. 

Best of luck on the adventure that will be the 2009-201 
The Southerner, Volume 74. 

All my love, 
(Qli/za6efA • JMaleu/ 

Take chances everyday. 

Love everyday. 

Race from McCarty to the Liberal Arts Building every day. 

Lay in the grass every day. 

Eat seventeen cookies from the commons every day. 

Smell your Starbucks every day. 

Sit on the steps of the hub every day. 

Laugh at yourself every day. 

Reach your hand into the fountain every day. 

Rest every day. 

Smile every day. 

Enjoy the University of Southern Mississippi. 

...every, single, day. 

The todays, the tomorrows, and the yesterdays— it's the everydays that 
make this university so special.